The Car Is Still King
The overriding importance of the car over other modes of transport to keeping Britain moving is underlined by recent ONS data showing that more than three in four Britons outside London go to work by car. The Times (£) reports that car use by commuters is 76 per cent in the rest of the UK but only 35 per cent in the capital. Outside London 6 per cent go to work by bus and a mere 2 per cent by train, while in London the figures are 12 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. 18 per cent use the Tube.
The figures are from the back end of 2009 when the country was in the depth of recession but the car is undoubtedly still king when it comes to getting Britain to and from work. If you don’t live in an urban hub or within easy reach of practical public transport, the simple truth is that the car is the best way to get to work.
As well as taking measures to encourage greater use of public transport, policy chiefs should be freeing up the roads to get the economy moving as a priority.