Project: NTS Qualitative Follow Up: Understanding the Travel Aspirations Needs & Behaviour of People in Later Life

Reference: R153

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The study will explore people's life circumstances pre-, during and post-retirement using depth interviews to map the changes people go through and explore the role that transport plays throughout this period. The findings will contribute to understanding the impacts of the ageing population on transport trends and will feed into forecasting studies of future travel demand. The project is strategically focused on the EC board's interest in the impacts of the ageing population on transport demand and cross-cutting in it's focus so will support the work of many policy units.


The methodology is to conduct 55 qualitative interviews with a purposively selected range of older people aged 50 and over.

The project will describe older people's current transport needs and behaviour(s). Explore older people's experiences of using transport. Explore the transition into retirement and the attitudes that inform their transport behaviours now and in the past. Examine the transport aspirations of older people

Project will provide an evidence base for future policy development on the issues of the UK's ageing population, sustainable travel, social inclusion/exclusion and accessibility.


National Centre for Social Research
35 Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0AX

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £100,819.00

Actual start date: 24 November 2005

Actual completion date: 30 September 2006


Understanding the travel needs, behaviour and aspirations of people in later life
Author: National Centre for Social Research
Publication date: 20/11/2007
Source: DfT Website
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