Perceptions of transmission and mitigation of SARS-CoV-2: public transport (Phase 2) Theme 3 WP1 Deep dives
Public transport is one of a number of occupational and industrial sectors being specifically examined as part of Theme 3 of the PROTECT study. This report describes qualitative research carried out between December 2021 and February 2022 on perceptions of the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and of the effectiveness of controls implemented on public transport in the UK.
This is a follow-up to previous research (January – May 2021) to see if the perceptions detailed in the first report (Coleman et al., 2022) have changed following changes made to restrictions in the intervening time period, and increases in passenger numbers in the UK.
This report is based on thematic analysis of interviews with sector experts (public transport researchers, policymakers, industry and regulators), organisational leaders, workers and passengers. The authors make a number of scientific recommendations on the basis of their findings that may help inform future pandemic preparedness and recovery in the sector.