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What is the position of public transport in the local area?

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What is the position of public transport in the local area? The purpose of this investigation was for me to engage in a real world investigation of economic and business phenomenon, and hypothesis. The aim of my investigation was to find out what the position of public transport is in my local area, the area being Cheshire. I have used a number of strategies to compile my information; the main strategy being a public survey carried out in the middle of Chester one morning. I have also gathered information from various websites and directly from Cheshire County Council (CCC). The information that I was given by the CCC was all about how the council is going to improve on transport in the area, and not anything about what it is like now. This gives the impression that public transport at this current point in time is not as it should be. To find out what it is currently like, I carried out a survey in Chester one morning and asked roughly thirty people about how they felt on the subject of public transport, but over one hundred and thirty were carried out in my class and the results have been compared and contrasted. This gave me a good indication of how the public, the people the transport is for, feel on the subject. ...read more.

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A fall in taxes on Chester citizens would lead to a rise in their real incomes. This would be okay for them as long as they never use public transport, as they would be better off. The questionnaire that I used to ask people their thoughts on public transport had eight questions. The first was asking where the person had travelled from that day. The second question was asking the purpose of the visit that they had made to Chester for that day. What form of transport did they use was the next question and then whether or not they used the park and ride. The next two questions were only to the people who had travelled by car that day and were asking why they did not use public transport, where did they park, and what would make them use public transport in the future. The last question was what sex the person in question was, which normally answered itself. The results for each are in pie chart form elsewhere but here are the written results: 1. * 75 out of 141 had travelled from Chester itself. * 12 had travelled from Liverpool. * 5 people had travelled from villages within an eight-mile radius. * From Wrexham and North Wales, there was 22 people. * 11 people travelled from Ellesmere Port. * Manchester had 8. * Crewe and Nantwich had 2. ...read more.

Conclusion

I carried out the survey in the week commencing the 4th of March 2002, at the times between half eight and ten in the morning. The statistics show that more than half of the people asked actually came from Chester itself and shouldn't really have a need for the public transport, but 61 out of the 142 people used public transport. More people also walked or cycled in to the city rather than use public transport. A lot of people also parked their cars in the city, the cost of which is astronomical, showing us that people would rather spend a lot more money to travel in their own vehicle. When I asked the people that did not use public transport what would make them, a lot of answers came out, meaning that there are plenty of problems with the current state of public transport. All in all, I think that the majority of people are not pleased with the state of public transport. But the people that do use it seem content. It would appear to be that people will travel in whichever way they are used to, whether that be on a bus, or by bike. I think that until the government dramatically improves public transport there will be no surge of demand for it. And until that day, we are all going to travel how we want. ...read more.

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