Committee to explore public transport in towns and cities following coronavirus (COVID-19)

Committee to explore public transport in towns and cities following coronavirus (COVID-19)

The House of Lords COVID-19 Committee has announced that it is to explore the topic of public transport in towns and cities. During a session, to take place on 6 July 2021, the Committee will discuss the long-term impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on passenger numbers, demand for public transport, efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of public transport and the financial viability of public transport provision, as well as any resulting impact on inequality.

The witnesses in the session will be as follows:

• Adviser to the CEO at the Campaign for Better Transport, Norman Baker

• Head of Policy at FirstBus, John Birtwistle,

• Director of Commercial Operations at Translink, David Cowan

• Head of Innovation and Partnerships at Transport Focus, Ian Wright

• Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies, Professor Nick Tyler

The themes of the session will be as follows:

• the long-term impact of the pandemic on passenger numbers, passenger expectations and demand for public transport

• the long-term impact of the pandemic on efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of public transport

• the long-term impact of the pandemic on the financial viability of public transport provision

• witnesses’ long-term vision for the future of post-pandemic public transport provision

• suggestions for ensuring that post-pandemic public transport provision is a positive force in towns and cities, such as through helping regeneration efforts or helping to attract new economic investment and opportunities

• the interventions required to safeguard the long-term future, and financial viability, of public transport provision post-pandemic and ensure that public transport provision helps to create vibrant and sustainable towns and cities

Source: Lords COVID-19 Committee to explore public transport in towns and cities

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