Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Transport Network Resilience to Critical Events Working Group

Extreme weather and climate-change-induced natural disasters, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine have had tremendous impacts on transport networks. While many countries have experienced similar challenges, approaches to managing critical events, and planning for both anticipated as well as unforeseen disruptions to transport networks, differ considerably across territories. This Working Group will explore how governments and other stakeholders can respond to crises in the transport sector to ensure continuity, and recovery of, both passenger and freight services, and identify successful strategies and pitfalls to avoid in the future.

The purpose of the Working Group is to develop and disseminate international best practice in transport network resilience planning that is flexible and capable of responding to different types of critical events. Particular focus will be given to three sub-topics: adaptation to climate change, management of epidemics and pandemics, and resilience to physical and digital geopolitical threats.

Working Group participants will address key questions including: What can we learn from how these challenges were addressed to ensure future-proofing of mobility services in the time of poly-crises? How can existing transport modelling and planning tools be harnessed and further developed to proactively incorporate future risks, uncertainties, and impacts on different user groups? How can new ways of collecting and analysing data help improve passenger travel and supply chain resilience in cases of unforeseen disruptions? Do we have the right governance frameworks to address future challenges? What needs to be done to ensure that we are prepared?

The Working Group builds on a 2023 ITF Roundtable, "Transport System Resilience"

Funding comes through the ITF’s 2024-25 Programme of Work. A report summarising the conclusions of the Working Group will be published in 2025.