Travel is something that impacts on most
of us. For many, the daily commute is a way of life.
Is such a journey “dead time” that needs to be
reduced to the minimum, providing more and faster transportation
– or is there more to the way we travel on a day to day
basis; more that needs to be examined and understood about the ways
in which we choose to use our travel time?
Now scientists from the Centre for Transport & Society at
the University of the West of England, in Bristol, are conducting a
detailed study of “Travel-Time Use in the Information
What we do with our travel time has changed significantly in
recent years, almost entirely due to changes in technology. Now the
information age means that we can be working even when we’re
not in the office, thanks to mobile devices such as laptop
computers and cell phones.
The findings coming out of this research suggest that the
quality of travel time is what really bothers the commuter. If this
is the case then this research could encourage changes in our
infrastructure to ensure that public transport can once again offer
a very real alternative to the car.
- Various shots of train stations and commuters
- Buses and traffic
- GVs of passengers using portable devices
- Researcher at station
- Research video clip
- Professor Glenn Lyons, Director of Centre for Transport &
Society, University of the West of England, Bristol
- David Holly, PhD Researcher, Studying Time Use and the Business
Traveller, University of the West of England, Bristol