Our coronavirus briefings and reports

Funding a better future for urban transport

This briefing explains that the immediate challenge on funding is the Government’s intention that there will be no further additional revenue funding beyond September 2022. Government should use the next six months to put in place a long term, enhanced and devolved approach to funding bus services.

(Published March 2022)


Continuing COVID Funding Support for Urban Public Transport

This report finds that if Government’s Covid-related financial support to urban public transport outside London ends (in March 2022), buses would soon be less frequent and more expensive, and patronage would be substantially lower than pre-Covid levels, potentially up to 30% lower.

(Published February 2022)


Building back better on urban transport

As the network of transport authorities serving the largest city regions in England, we worked together to keep the wheels of public transport turning during the lockdown so that key workers could get to where they needed to be.

In this paper we set out how, with the right policy framework from Government, we can meet the challenge of ramping up public transport and prioritising cycling and walking to support a green and just recovery.

(First published September 2020. Updated version published June 2021)


Factsheet: The role of LRT during and after the pandemic

This factsheet sets out examples and statistics on the key role that light rail has played in getting essential workers where they need to be during the pandemic and the essential role it will have in building back better afterwards.

(Published May 2021)


A new deal for urban transport: for the pandemic and beyond

This short paper reinforces our Building back better on urban transport report from September 2020. 

It outlines how urban transport authorities have been keeping the wheels of public transport turning during the pandemic, working together to meet the challenges of COVID-19, whilst delivering better transport for a green and just recovery from it.

But transport authorities lack long-term, coherent and sufficient Government funding and key powers to provide the best service they can during the pandemic or in the longer term to transform and coordinate public transport.

Now is the time for a new deal on urban transport.

(Published February 2021)



Funding and delivering bus services during the pandemic and beyond

This document proposes a two stage approach to ensuring the most efficient use of public funding to provide the best possible bus service during the pandemic, whilst setting in place the foundations for reversing the decline in bus use that was taking place before the pandemic.

(Updated 8 December 2020)


Reforming Public Transport after the Pandemic

This is the Urban Transport Group's response to the Transport Select Committee's inquiry into the long-term implications of the coronavirus pandemic for UK public transport.

(Published December 2020)


The Covid-19 Funding Gap: The Case for Continuing Support for Urban Public Transport

This report, produced by transport consultancy Steer for the Urban Transport Group, warns that the future of local public transport services is at serious risk without continued COVID-19 financial support from Government.

It highlights how Government support allowed public transport to continue during the national lockdown (enabling key workers to travel to and from work) and to provide a more comprehensive service at lower socially distanced vehicle capacity following the end of the lockdown.

But the report paints a stark picture for both bus and light rail systems should this support be withdrawn prematurely.

(Published September 2020)