Work travel “permanently changed”, say 2 out of 3 Brits
Two-thirds of people surveyed by lease company Alphabet in the UK say their work travel patterns have changed permanently due to COVID-19. Called 'Fleet Streets', the survey examines exactly how the pandemic has accelerated changes to travel and transport. Some key figures:
- Travel patterns have shifted significantly. No less than 53% of those surveyed no longer commutes to work. And only 15% go to the office five days a week.
- Modes of commuting have changed. Only 23% are comfortable currently using public transport in London. Cycling and walking to work have more than doubled, to 20% and 10% respectively. Just one in three thinks things will ever go back to the 'old' normal.
- Cars are the preferred mode of transport. Of the 58% who felt comfortable returning to work, 60% said they would be using their car. And 37% said they would consider using a company car, if they were offered one.
- Electric vehicles (EVs) are increasingly mainstream. Of those surveyed, 24% said their next car would “definitely” be a BEV or a PHEV, and 40% were seriously considering it. Moreover, 55% want delivery vans to be electric – one in three even wants to pay more for their delivery to be done by an e-LCV.