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You need a car in PeterboroughBack

PeterboroughA new survey has revealed that the most difficult city to get around without a car is Peterborough.

The car dependency report conducted by Campaign for Better Transport, rated a number of towns and cities across the UK in relation to public transport provision and facilities provided for cyclists and walkers.

It found that, along with Peterborough, Colchester and Milton Keynes were also at the bottom of the table , whilst cities London, Manchester and Liverpool topped the leader-board for being the least car-dependent places.

The report concluded that other cities need to learn from London’s comprehensive transport policies. London’s “control of its transport policy offers lessons for other cities and policy-makers keen to reduce car dependency”, the report said.

The survey looked at 29 towns and cities and concentrated within four areas: accessibility and planning, bus and train quality and uptake, cycling and walking as alternatives, and driving and car use.

Peterborough appeared to have “weaknesses in its public transport infrastructure”, which left residents more heavily reliant on cars. It added: “There are some signs of hope, as many people already cycle regularly, showing there is scope for improvement and a will for active travel.”

Other cities which fell into the category of being the least car-dependent places included Brighton and Hove, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge and Bristol whilst Wigan and Swindon both fell in the bottom five.

The Campaign for Better Transport’s chief executive Stephen Joseph, said: “To be good places to live and work, towns and cities need good transport.

“The most successful places in our research give people a choice in how you get around.

“They have good quality public transport, plan new development thoughtfully and make it easy and safe for people to cycle and walk.”



Posted by Leana Kell on 15/12/2014