Businesses across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are being asked for their views on the changing work patterns of their employees to help gauge future transport needs in the region.
The West of England Combined Authority has commissioned independent research into how employers plan to use their workplaces as Covid-19 restrictions ease. The information provided will help predict how city and town centres might recover, and likely commuting patterns. This will help the Combined Authority, as regional transport authority, to forward plan public transport to meet future demand.
A cross-section of employers from across the region will be asked to take part in the survey over the phone, but businesses also have the opportunity to take part online by clicking on this link.
Survey questions will include:
- Number of staff
- How many travelled into work before the pandemic?
- Estimates of how many will travel in during the next three, six and twelve months
- The forms of transport employees are likely to use
- How workspaces have changed, for example the introduction of co-working/shared workspaces?
- Are staff encouraged to use sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling or public transport?
- For retailers and the hospitality industry, how they expect footfall to develop in their areas
The survey is being carried out by independent research agency Marketing Means. It is open until 7 July 2021 and the results of the survey will be available in early July. A summary of the results will be published on the Combined Authority’s website, and the findings will be used in the development of the region’s Bus Service Improvement Plan in the autumn.