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Reliance on public transport revealed for Aylesbury Vale workers

The hospitality sector is the focus of new figures

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 8:00am 11th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Reliance on public transport revealed for Aylesbury Vale workers

Aylesbury Vale's hospitality workers are more reliant on public transport than office workers. 

New figures have revealed the hospitality workers in Aylesbury Vale are more likely to rely on public transport to get them to work than office employees. 

Although more businesses are reopening the advice is to avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary, with face masks compulsory. 

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 7% of Aylesbury Vale workers in the accommodation and food and beverage sectors used public transport to commute in 2018.

The national average was 5%, meaning Aylesbury has a higher rate of people relying on public transport.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies said public transport use is much more concentrated at particular times than other forms of commuting.

Peter Levell, senior research economist at the IFS, said:

"Social distancing measures will put strain on public transport capacity for some time to come.

“This means that workers who cannot easily work from home, and who would normally commute using public transport, are going to face challenges getting to work even if the sectors that employ them are allowed to reopen.”

Peter said the pandemic will have disproportionally affected people in this sector, which includes a lot of younger workers.

For example, just 13% of hospitality staff in Aylesbury Vale were able to work from home during lockdown compared to 24% of office-based jobs.

The Resolution Foundation think tank had called on the Chancellor to provide more support for sectors like the hospitality. 

Yesterday, Rishi Sunak announced a host of measures many of which were aimed at boosting this sector.

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Nye Cominetti, senior economist at the think tank, said:

“These important public health restrictions are likely to remain in place in some form until a vaccine is found.

“So the Chancellor should use his Summer Update next week to target support at those sectors that will continue to be heavily affected by social distancing.”

The GMB union said the Government should cover the cost of all workers having to pay to use transport and buy their own face coverings.

Rehana Azam, national secretary, said:

“Many workers fighting this outbreak have no option but to use public transport.

"Workers have to pay their fare, then pay for the PPE they are required to wear.

"It's impossible to rule out the increased exposure to the virus while travelling on public transport.”

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