London ‘Least Car-Dependent City’

A Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) survey has identified London as the least car-dependent city in the UK, it was revealed today.

Of the 26 towns and cities selected, London performed the best, receiving particular praise for its bus services. Transport for London’s much-publicised improvements in infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics are cited as being partly responsible for London’s ranking.

This probably hasn’t come as much of a surprise to Londoners, who are well-versed in the arts of public transport, walking and cycling. Measures to reduce car usage, such as the congestion charge, also come into play, not to mention the eye-watering rises in fuel duty and vehicle taxation.

The next nine least car-dependent cities after London are: Brighton and Hove, Nottingham, Cambridge, Southampton, Plymouth, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne and Bristol.

The CBT campaigns for better public transport, lower train fares and less traffic. You can read the full report here.

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  • Beth A

    Unfortunately I think this will be the headline that’s repeated, not that London scored really poorly (16th) in ‘Cycling and walking as alternatives’ but first for ‘Driving and car use’.

    I’m sure TfL and the Mayor will shout the headline from the rooftops, but it’s not really very good for cycling or walking!

  • BethPH

    Personally, I think it’s a shame to view this in a negative light.

    London has a public transport infrastructure which is actually a viable alternative to driving (at least in central London) and significantly better provision for cycling and walking than a lot of other towns as well as the investment and a high enough profile to ensure that alternative transport is considered worthwhile.

    No transport user is ever going to have their preferred system 100% perfect.