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Understanding Business Attitudes to Transport


As part of wider work to better understand and take account of the views of businesses, DfT commissioned a review of existing UK research evidence on private sector business attitudes to transport. The review aimed to provide a better understanding of business user experiences and expectations, and help determine their future needs of the transport system. The evidence reviewed consisted of reports and studies from 1994-2008.

The review was undertaken by Centre for Transport and Society, University of West of England. It was intended to complement a similar review of evidence on public attitudes to transport published by the DfT in June 2008, and regular engagement with representative industry bodies.

Knowledge review of the existing evidence

The findings of the knowledge review provide some indicative evidence about how businesses view transport in relation to other factors, and the relative importance of different transport issues and policies. However, the review also confirmed that the existing evidence base about business attitudes to transport is fairly thin, and there are significant limitations to conclusions which can be drawn from it.

The review also made recommendations for strengthening the evidence base in the future. This will feed into complementary research currently ongoing to develop a business survey tool-kit, which could be used to address evidence gaps in the longer term. 

Key findings are outlined in the Research Summary. The full report is available to download below.

Business attitudes to transport: Knowledge review of existing evidence

This is the report of a review of UK evidence on private sector business attitudes to transport, intended to complement a similar review of evidence on public attitudes published by the DfT in June 2008.

14 December 2009

Research Summary - key findings from 'Business attitudes to transport: knowledge review of the existing evidence'

Summary and key findings of the report.

14 December 2009