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Two third of Brits will ‘actively avoid public transport’ when commuting, survey finds

Two third of Brits will ‘actively avoid public transport’ when commuting, survey finds


New research suggests two-thirds of Brits will actively avoid public transport when travelling to work as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Breakdown service Green Flag surveyed 2,000 drivers and found that 62 per cent want to avoid public transport where possible, and about 25 per cent were thinking of using a different mode of transport for their commute compared with pre-lockdown.

Close to a fifth of Londoners said they were shopping for a bicycle to ride to work, more than anywhere else in the UK.

Meanwhile, almost a third of UK residents want to buy a new or used car to limit their exposure to coronavirus using public transport. Young people were the most likely to say they want to avoid public transport, with 76 per cent of 18-34-year-olds saying they will stay away.

Oxford, Norwich and Sheffield residents were the most likely to say they would avoid public transport.

Mark Newberry, Green Flag’s commercial director, said: “Workers around the country will no doubt be both excited and nervous about the prospect of heading back to the workplace, with the idea of commuting likely to contribute to their worries.

“Our research shows that Brits are taking the necessary steps to prepare for their return to regular commuting – not only to protect their individual health, but to be conscious of their fellow commuters by exploring alternative ways to travel.”

“With nearly a third of Brits looking to purchase a car to limit their exposure to other members of the public, we can expect roads to look very different to what they did pre-lockdown.”

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