ransport servicesNo.12: Public Attitudes to Transport Survey 2002: London highlightsInterviews were conducted with 421 people in London.o Transport related issues are considered even more important in London than nationally – overtaking health to become the second most important issue facing Britain o In particular, unreliable buses and trains and difficulty in using public transport are concerns for Londoners o Locally, transport is equally as important to those in London as it is nationally, and again is the second most important issue behind crime o Speeding motorists are not perceived to be as much of a problem compared with England as a whole o Londoners are more likely to feel than those in the rest of the country that the Government is giving transport policy greater priority than it has in previous years (24% versus 18%) o Usage of public transport in London is consistently higher than national levels – 79% use local buses (compared with 55% across England), 67% use local trains (compared with 44% across England) and 76% use the London Underground o The main reason for using the Underground to get to work is speed. So improvements to bus journey times could influence some to switch to buses, especially if overcrowding increases on the Underground o Car usage is lower than nationally (34% do not have a car in the household compared with 23% nationally). This is reflected in the results which show that public transport issues are much more important to Londoners than people in England as a whole o Londoners are more likely to say that improvements to public transport will reduce their car travel o More Londoners say they would use their car less if bus services, train services and conditions for walking were better o Londoners are more likely to be fearful of travelling by public transport than nationally (26% compared with 19%) o Londoners are generally less positive about conditions and services on buses, trains and the London Underground.
However, they do rate the number of places accessed by buses and bus fares more positively than average, as well as cleanliness, personal security, overcrowding and attitudes of staff on the London Underground o Overcrowding is much more of a concern for Londoners compared with the rest of the country and are also more pessimistic that overcrowding will improve in the next decade o More feel that overcrowding will get worse on buses, trains and the London Underground than nationally; 58% on trains (compared with 46% across England), 50% on buses (compared with 32%) and 59% on London Underground (compared with 37%) o Londoners are also more pessimistic about improvements in the level of public transport fares o They are more optimistic about issues to do with roads, being less likely to feel that congestion, road safety and the cost of using a car will get worse o Confirming the importance of public transport in the capital, Londoners are most likely to want revenues raised from congestion charging to be used to improve public transport (64% versus 58% across England) http://www.cfit.gov.uk/factsheets/12/BBC News Online: UK: Northern Ireland Wednesday, 2 August, 2000, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK Fears over ‘poor’ transport system Northern Ireland is in danger of becoming the only part of the British Isles without a proper public transport system, according to an Ulster Unionist.
Assembly member Peter Weir said the proposed investment in railways in the province was “derisory” compared to what was being spent in the Irish Republic and other parts of Britain. A government taskforce is looking at the future of the rail network in Northern Ireland after it emerged that 183m was needed to maintain safety standards and keep it viable over the next 10 years. On Monday, the Irish government said it was spending over 3bn on its rail transport. Mr Weir, who represents north Down, said that almost 180bn was being spent on transport by the exchequer over the next 10 years.
But he said this highlighted the little investment which was planned for Northern Ireland. “Clearly there has been a long scale under-investment in the railways in Northern Ireland,” he said. “Public transport in general, and railways in particular, has to be give a much higher priority. “Otherwise we’re going to be left standing on the platform as the train pulls away from the rest of the British Isles.” The government task force has hosted a series of public meetings over the future of the railways, to gauge opinion about the service before it prepares a report later this year. The assembly is likely to decide in the autumn what sort of railway network it can afford. Recently, the taskforce put forward four possible alternatives to the current system.
These ranged from providing all the money needed for safety, and some additional funding, to closing everything except the Belfast to Dublin railway line. Earlier this year, the assembly backed a motion expressing concern at the “poor state” of the public transport system and seeking a comprehensive and integrated policy to be implemented. Threat to system Translink, the company which runs Northern Ireland’s railways, also launched a campaign to save the system. In June, staff handed out leaflets urging commuters to attend public meetings which were being held to discuss what they saw as a threat to the railways. It is thought that up to 700 workers could lose their jobs if the railway closes due to a lack of investment.