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Comparing rail passengers’ travel time use in Great Britain between 2004 and 2010
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Transport Studies, CTS. KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Transport and Location Analysis.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7124-7164
2012 (English)In: Proceedings 44th Universities Transport Study Group Conference, Aberdeen, UK, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper makes a contribution to the growing discourse and evidence base concerning  travel time use, its meaning and value. In particular it provides a unique insight into aspects of stability and change regarding the travel time use of rail passengers in Great Britain between 2004 and 2010. Empirical evidence is presented on how rail passengers spend their time, how worthwhile they consider their time use to be, the extent of advance planning of their time use and how equipped for time use they are in terms of the items they have to hand when they travel. The results reveal a consistent dominance of reading for leisure, window gazing and working/studying as favoured travel time activities. Over the six year period the availability and use of mobile technologies has increased. Listening to music in particular has doubled in its incidence suggesting an increasing capacity for travellers to personalise the public space of the railway carriage. Most notably the analysis reveals a substantial increase in the proportion of travellers overall making very worthwhile use of their time. The paper relates such survey findings to the ongoing debate concerning how travel time savings are valued in preparing advice on transport investment decisions – currently pertinent in the UK in terms of high speed rail. 

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Aberdeen, UK, 2012.
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-71773OAI: diva2:486980
The 44th UTSG Annual Conference

TSC import 958 2012-01-30 QC 20130603

Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2013-06-03Bibliographically approved

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