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Transportation Impacts of COVID-19
in the United Kingdom
This article was produced in collaboration with Transportation Professional, the
magazine of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation in the U.K.
United Kingdom (U.K.) Prime Minster Boris Johnson announced in late February 2021 a plan
for easing COVID-19 restrictions in England over the coming months. As residents in the U.K.
are currently looking toward some relief from the drastic changes caused by the pandemic,
the country's transportation industry has been impacted over the last year in countless ways.
Now, the sector is beginning to focus on recovery, as well as how to maintain some of the
transportation practices that emerged during the pandemic and implement lessons-learned.
The U.K. government announced national lockdown restrictions in March 2020, asking
people to travel only for essential purposes and to avoid public transport where possible.
Those who could work from home were asked to do so. This resulted in a significant shift to
remote work, while essential workers, including doctors and nurses as well as highway maintenance teams, continued to travel to their jobs.
Initially, trip making became much more localized under COVID restrictions, and walking
and cycling levels increased significantly. This continued over the summer of 2020, when
some of the lockdown restrictions were eased for a time. The Department of Transport
pledged a £2 billion pound ($2.8 billion USD) fund to improve active travel infrastructure
across the country, including £500 million pounds ($699 million USD) allocated for temporary
" pop-up " walking and cycling infrastructure to give more space to these modes during the
pandemic. In London, for example, the " Streetspace " program completely shut down certain
parts of the roadway to motor vehicles, making it one of the largest car-free schemes in the
world. Much like the " Open Streets " movement in the United States, while some of the U.K.
pop-ups have proven controversial, in many cases there are plans to make these temporary
lanes permanent.
The public transport sector has been
hard-hit in the United Kingdom by COVID19. In the early months, overall ridership of
the London Underground plummeted by
as much as 95 percent, and bus ridership in
the London transit system by 85 percent.* In
the first quarter of 2021, the transit sector is
slowly starting to recover-with bus transit
faring better than rail-though ridership
overall is nowhere near pre-pandemic levels.
Transport planners are also bracing for a
major uptick in car traffic as restrictions lift,
and are working to encourage the public to
find alternatives to private car usage, such as
electric scooters, public transport, walking,
and cycling. While trials of rental e-scooter
services have now begun in several cities in
People cycling the busy streets of Soho in London during the COVID pandemic.

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The Chartered Institution of Highways and
Transportation is the United Kingdom's
leading institution for transportation
professionals. ITE and CIHT signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU)
in 2017 as the basis for cooperation and
collaboration on matters of common interest
relating to highways and transportation.

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