Motor traffic (the blue line) jumped by 10% in a single day


Concerning increase in car use this week

New data has revealed a concerning increase in car trips despite UK Government advice to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At yesterday’s daily Downing Street briefing, Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, showed a graph on transport use in Great Britain that revealed a significant decrease in public transport use. However, motor traffic had jumped by around 10% in a single day earlier this week. It was the first daily increase in motor traffic in two weeks.

Doyle said this was a “slightly concerning trend” and that the message from government was “people do really need to stay at home”.


Citymapper tool highlights changes in mobility

Travel planning app Citymapper has launched a new service to highlight the significant changes in travel behaviour as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday’s data reveals that in London travel demand is 9% of the usually anticipated levels with Manchester on 10% and Birmingham 12%. Historical data shows the steep decline in demand since the start of March.

However, it is notable that in Swedish capital of Stockholm, where there have been no lock down or restrictions on behaviour, movement was at 30% of usual traffic levels on April 1.

The data can be viewed here.


Merseyrail revises plans to cut back services

Yesterday Merseyrail announced a reduced timetable starting today as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with services operating between 07:00 and 19:00 Monday to Saturday. This was based on staff availability to provide a reliable service to key workers and those making essential journeys.

Following feedback from those still travelling on the network, Merseyrail’s planning team has worked hard to make small adjustments to the reduced timetable using the resources available. Merseyrail is now able to provide an additional limited service on some lines between 19:00 and 22:00 to better accommodate those travelling to or from work.


Network Rail aims to boost business cashflow

Infrastructure controller Network Rail has announced it will now make immediate payments to its suppliers. This means payment could be up to seven days quicker for SMEs and up to 28 days quicker for other suppliers.

“Our priority is to support the supply chain as much as possible through these unprecedented times,” said Clive Berrington, commercial and procurement director for Network Rail.

“We have therefore moved all our suppliers to immediate payment terms, or as close as you can get following approval of the invoice, and we expect that to flow down to the supply chain.”