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Transport user insight

What you think matters. Everything Transport Focus does is supported by evidence provided by unique insight work and a wide range of activities designed to find out what matters to road, rail, bus and tram users.

Browse, search and download a wide range of Transport Focus insight research reports.

Much of this work is repeated at least once a year, so it is possible to track trends over time and spot the impact of change. You can interrogate the data from all  of these so-called ‘tracker’ surveys via the Transport Focus data hub.

Transport Focus speaks to around 50,000 rail passengers, 40,000 bus passengers and 5000 tram passengers every year to get a picture of satisfaction with these types of transport.

Passengers are asked about a specific journey, both overall and in terms of very specific aspects such as staff availability, the state of the stop or station, and punctuality. This makes it possible to benchmark service levels over time.

It also allows Transport Focus to address issues that are raised – for example, seeing how the introduction of a new type of train affects passenger satisfaction.

A great deal of data can now be viewed and interrogated over the Transport Focus data hub.

You can also click to download the most recent satisfaction results for:

Transport Focus undertakes a wide range of research looking at the experience and needs of road users, including coach and truck drivers, the disabled, cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians.

Transport Focus started a new strategic road users satisfaction survey in 2018 to sit alongside the various passenger satisfaction surveys. A summary of findings from the first year was published in July 2019.

Previously (and until 2020) road user satisfaction was measured by the government’s National Road User Satisfaction Survey (NRUSS).

As well as tracking passenger satisfaction every year, Transport Focus explores elements of your journey in depth – for example, it has looked at bus punctuality when it became clear that this was a common worry across the country.

Alongside this Transport Focus carries out in-depth research into transport user experiences and needs for the future, resulting in lists of top priorities.

Browse a range of insight work here.

Passengers increasingly expect services to be delivered to them in smarter ways as technology becomes a bigger part of everyday life.

Transport Focus believes that the introduction of smarter ticketing in public transport could make life easier – and cheaper – for passengers. For this to happen though, it is essential that any smarter ticketing schemes are well designed and properly implemented.

In order to make sure that the passenger is at the heart of the development – that products are designed for ease of use rather than what is convenient to administer – Transport Focus has worked on a wide-ranging smart-ticketing research programme, on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT).

Read more.

As the independent watchdog, we want to know what you really think.

We carry out regular ‘traditional’ research involving questionnaires for people making certain journeys.

We also have an online panel for transport users across the country to get involved and give their views. As a member of our Transport User Panel we would regularly send you surveys and we will use the information you provide on these to influence those who make decisions about the way in which transport is managed.

All information which we collect is held securely and used for research purposes only.
If you are interested in signing up to our panel, please click here.

Our research is rigorous. We follow the Market Research Society’s code of conduct and, where we use independent agencies, they also follow this code.

This means that people are approached directly, usually as they make a journey. We use representative samples, which means that data is weighted to reflect the relevant transport-user population.

We design our research to be fit for purpose. To understand satisfaction, we talk to around 95,000 passengers whereas other research requires a deeper look with a smaller group. For HS2, we created a small, carefully selected panel of 40.

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