Examining the effects of disruption on travel behaviour in rural areas

Konstantinos Papangelis, David Corsar, Gowri Somayajulu Sripada, Mark Edward Beecroft, John Donald Nelson, Pete Edwards, Nagendra Velaga, Jillian Anable

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Individuals living in rural areas are provided with little or no information regarding public transport disruptions. This can result in high levels of travel uncertainty with significant potential to affect travel behaviour. This paper, through 69 interviews, and 9 focus groups in rural areas in Scotland and England, explores the passenger experience, the behavioural responses, the coping strategies, and the variables that affect the decision making process during disruption. The analysis indicates that a wide range of behavioural responses are evident, extending well beyond the choice of route or mode of transport and in extreme cases includes life-changing activities (e.g. residential relocation). Further, we identify that the two most prevalent ways for mitigating the impacts of disruption are time buffering and kinship networks. In addition we identify as a contributing factor to the decision making process a set of variables that relate to the individual, the community and the transport network. The results provide a step towards understanding the interplay between disruption, travel, and the interaction of individuals with the transport system in rural areas.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusUnpublished - 2013
EventWorld Conference on Transport Research (WCTR) 2013 - Rio de Janiero, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Jul 201318 Jul 2013


ConferenceWorld Conference on Transport Research (WCTR) 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityRio de Janiero

Bibliographical note

The research described here is supported by the award made by the RCUK Digital
Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub; award
reference: EP/G066051/1. Some additional material has been drawn from the RCUK
EPSRC ‘Disruption’ project (funding reference number: EP/J00460X/1), and we are
particularly grateful to Greg Marsden and Jeremy Shires for executing the focus
groups at University of Leeds.


  • travel behaviour
  • disruption
  • passenger adaptation
  • decision making
  • passenger experience
  • coping strategies


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