More than half (54%) of Londoners would likely support higher road taxes or charges to make public transport services better connected, according to the results of a new survey.
The survey also showed that more than a third of (37%) Londoners have said the cost of public transport has deterred them from using it.
The poll was commissioned by Hitachi Rail, a train and smart mobility company, which contracted pollsters at Savanta ComRes to conduct a global survey on public transport pricing.
However, in London people are still more likely to travel to work by bus or train than in other cities, the survey revealed.
Ludmil Neykov, chief digital officer at Hitachi Rail, said: “Mass adoption of public transport for journeys currently made by car is vital if the world’s global cities are to meet sustainability targets and improve air quality.
“Hitachi’s pioneering smart mobility technology holds the key to innovations which can help provide a cheaper and better-connected public transport system for Londoners. Hitachi is already leading the way in delivering this technology to cities around the world, and we hope to bring it to the UK in the near future.”
Of all the cities where bus usage was surveyed, London had the most people using the bus to commute, at almost 50%. Some 35% said they travelled by train and 20% by tube services.
What’s more, the majority of Londoners said that they would be more likely to use a better-connected public transport system.