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03 August 2006

Mott MacDonald’s report assists Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT)

Mott MacDonald’s research has helped inform the UK Commission for Integrated Transport’s (CfIT’s) new report which investigates how different modes of transport impact on the retail environment and, in particular, the shopping habits of car drivers.

The CfIT report, ‘Sustainable transport choices and the retail sector’, looked at six cities and analysed quantitative results from a week-long household diary of shopping behaviour in more than 1600 households in Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Leeds and Nottingham. The study also involved interviews with retailers and focus groups with shoppers.

The study shows that the ways shoppers get to their shopping destinations have very little effect on how much they spend, with income level being a more significant factor. This suggests that better public transport and facilities for walkers and cyclists can help attract more shoppers back to local high streets and that more needs to be done to manage transport demand at the big out of town shopping centres.


Note to editors

1. For more information about CfIT contact Luke Blair on
+44 (0)20 7479 2830 or at lb@londoncommunications.co.uk

2. Please note that there are two relevant papers on ‘Sustainable transport choices and the retail sector’:
  • The full report from consultants Mott MacDonald, including detailed analysis, is available at www.cfit.gov.uk. Requests for access to the datasets should be made via email to cfit@dft.gsi.gov.uk
  • CfIT’s own analysis and recommendations based on the Mott MacDonald report are available at www.cfit.gov.uk
3. The Commission for Integrated Transport was set up by Government to provide it with independent advice on strategic policy issues

4. CfIT is chaired by Peter Hendy and has 16 other Commission Members drawn from a broad spectrum of transport expertise.
See www.cfit.gov.uk/about/index.htm
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