Integration is essential to the post-COVID-19 recovery of local public transport
Alistair Gordon, CEO of Keolis UK, outlines the progress that the transport operator has made in transitioning to sustainable fuel alternatives, and outlines how the bus sector can improve connectivity for passengers after the pandemic.
COVID-19 has placed immense pressure on our public transport systems. Even as we emerge on the other side of multiple lockdowns and months of restrictions, the way that we use our trams, trains and buses is unlikely to ever return to normal.
Changes brought about by the pandemic – such as the shift to home working – look set to stay, at least in some form, prompting a permanent shift in our travel patterns and commuting habits.
For the public transport sector to recover and return to a state of growth, there will need to be some new thinking to reflect the ‘new normal’ of travel”
For the public transport sector to recover and return to a state of growth, there will need to be some new thinking to reflect the ‘new normal’ of travel. But the key to this new thinking must be centred on creating truly integrated transport networks by utilising a variety of modes.
Now, more than ever, we need to think about the opportunities for using bus networks to form a more integral part of the transport mix. In our post-COVID-19 recovering cities, we need to find efficiencies for buses – particularly where they are forced to compete with other local services, such as trains and trams, leaving passengers with disjointed services and fragmented journeys. With central and local government finances stretched, some common sense needs to be brought into play.
Issue 3 2021
Bus & Coach