Keeping the distance: Can London’s transport network adapt and survive?

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This webinar discussed initial research findings on the journey ahead for local transport in the post coronavirus world.

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About the event

Coronavirus has had a profound impact on London’s transport network: passenger numbers have hit unprecedented lows, while temporary measures to encourage socially-distanced walking and cycling have been introduced overnight.

With many Londoners feeling uneasy about travelling on public transport once restrictions are lifted, Transport for London and the boroughs are looking at how the wider transport network can be adapted and improved.

We discussed the indirect consequences of the lockdown and new challenges facing transport planners, as well as potential ‘silver lining’ transport opportunities for recovery.

Questions included:

  • What has the economic impact been for London’s wider transport system?
  • How has coronavirus impacted user behaviour and transport preference?
  • What are some long-term recovery and rapid bounce back scenarios?
  • Can London look at other cities for inspiration, from temporary bike lanes to parking measures, on how to respond?

Following the presentation of the findings, we were joined by experts and leaders from the London transport sector for a panel discussion and audience Q&A.


  • Patricia Brown, Director, Central
  • Dipti Patel, Director, Place Delivery, London Borough of Ealing and Vice Chair of LEDNet
  • Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London
  • Rob Whitehead, Director of Strategic Projects, Centre for London (Chair)

Major Sponsor

This project has been generously supported by