Travel by bus and coach for shopping purposes has been somewhatneglected within retailing and transport studies in the United Kingdom.In an attempt to examine the role of public road transport,consideration is given to findings from the Governments five NationalTravel Surveys which highlight in particular the contribution ofscheduled local bus services in the populations shopping behaviour. Itis suggested that the total number of shopping trips made by bus isquite buoyant, despite the declining share of public transport overallin the nations travel movements. Little attention has yet been directedto people who use excursion coaches for their shopping trips. Freshevidence from southern England suggests a considerable use of this modeof travel. Distances covered are often quite substantial, withdestinations including both conventional and outoftown shoppingcentres.
International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1991