Dr Rachel Aldred, Reader in Transport, recently wrote for the BBC History Magazine discussing the long history of commuting and the challenges and opportunities for transport. 

Portrait of Rachel Aldred

Talking about the relevance of public transport in the capital, she said: “Since the 19th century, London has been different, with the suburban rail network and other public transport providing a basis for spatial expansion and agglomeration that simply didn't exist in other towns and cities.”

Dr Aldred also mentioned how substantial inequalities in access to transport affects people’s lives, as well as how it has changed over the years. She concluded: “We're working less than our ancestors did 100 years ago, but spending longer getting to and from work. If we can make it healthy, the journey to work could be our best hope for turning around our physical inactivity crisis.”

 

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