Working papers in Transport Economics
Yusak O. Susilo
Rail passengers’ time use and utility assessment: 2010 findings from Great Britain with multivariate analysis
(), Glenn Lyons, Juliet Jain and Steve Atkins
Abstract: Using data from Great Britain’s National Passenger Survey
2010 this paper examines the travel time use of rail passengers and their
indicative assessment of its utility. The paper explores the impacts of
individuals’ socio demographic characteristics, types of activity
undertaken and the perceived difficulties that may be faced by the
travellers on their assessment of travel time use utility. The study shows
that only 13% of travellers considered their travel time as wasted.
However, this varies by journey purpose, travelling class (first/standard
class), gender and journey length. The study shows that the positive or
negative appreciation by passengers of their journey time is not only a
result of various combinations of on-board activity engagements, but also
the smoothness of overall journey experience. Being able to work/study on
the train most significantly increases individual appreciation of time use.
However, a delay on an individual’s train journey also has a major
influence in reducing his/her perceived value of travel time spent. ICT
devices that enable travellers to watch film/video or play games or check
emails are more appreciated than those providing access to music/podcast or
access to social networking sites. The paper joins others in questioning
assumptions made in economic appraisal that travel time is unproductive. It
concludes with a call for more substantive and targeted data collection
efforts within travel behaviour research devoted to further unravelling the
phenomenon of the positive utility of travel.
Keywords: Travel time use; Rail passenger; Journey satisfaction; Great Britain; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: R40; R42; (follow links to similar papers)
26 pages, September 23, 2013
Full bibliographic details: Transportation Research Record, vol. 2323 / Travel Behavior 2012, Vol. 2, pp 99-109. DOI information: 10.3141/2323-12
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