Public transport bosses urge employers to share workplace return plans

Transport bosses have urged employers to share plans for returning to the workplace to better understand the post-pandemic world of public transport.

Following South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive research in 2020 looking into travel habits in and beyond lockdown, SYPTE have launched a survey for South Yorkshire employers.

The survey intends to identify the expected demand on the travel network and will contribute to shaping recovery plans for public transport, walking, and cycling.

It asks whether employers expect a quick turnaround for returning, whether people will be working full or part time, and how employees are expected to travel to work.

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, said: “As we optimistically look forward to exiting the pandemic, engaging businesses on what their employees need and expect from bus and tram services will help our recovering public transport network to ensure services are both convenient and viable.

“We must make our public transport system one that serves communities and helps people get to the places they need to be.”

Travel South Yorkshire’s Sustainable Travel team will also be contacting some businesses directly alongside the survey.

Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services at SYPTE, said: “We want to understand what future commuting patterns will be like and make sure we’re rebuilding South Yorkshire’s public transport network to meet those travel needs.

“Our priority is to ensure that everyone can travel safely and that we keep South Yorkshire moving.”

Employers can access the survey until Wednesday 28 April 2021 at the Travel South Yorkshire Website.

Written by Reiss Mason

First year Journo Student at the University of Sheffield. Twitter DMs open! - @JournoReissM

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