Research into 1930s commuting in London shows how public transport boosts the labour market

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The absence of commuting in the 19th century led to widespread urban crowding. Image: Unsplash/ grayomm

Andrew J. Seltzer
Professor of Economics and Economic History, Royal Holloway University of London
Jonathan Wadsworth
Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway College, University of London
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At least 135 bus routes countrywide currently face cutbacks or permanent cancellation. Image: Unsplash/Dave Kim

Commuters on escalators in a tube station
By the 1930s, only 1% of Londoners lived more than 560 metres from a public transport stop. Image: Unsplash/Levi Meir Clancy

A London bus crossing Charing Cross Road with Tottenham Court Road underground station to the left.
A London bus crossing Charing Cross Road with Tottenham Court Road underground station to the left. Image: The Conversation.
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