Survey reveals Peterborough residents most reliant on cars

Road congestion along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough city centre. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph

Road congestion along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough city centre. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph

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Monday 9am: Peterborough is the most difficult place to live without a car in England, a new report has revealed.

The survey by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) found that ‘weaknesses in the public transport system’ meant residents in the city were most reliant on their cars, ranking Peterborough 29 out of 29 cities.

However, cycling routes in the city were praised, with the report saying: “There are some signs of hope, however, as many people already cycle regularly, showing there is scope for improvement and a will for active travel.”

Each city was ranked according to Accessibility and planning; Buses and trains quality and uptake; Cycling and walking as alternatives and Driving and car use.

London was ranked first in the list, with county rivals Cambridge in sixth place.

The report on why Peterborough came last: “Peterborough scores poorly almost right across the board.

“For access to primary schools by walking and public transport, the city scores in the top ten, and many people already cycle regularly, showing there is scope for improvement and a will for active travel.

“But a lack of use of public transport and heavy reliance on cars to get around shows that people do not have the options they might need to get around more sustainably.”

Mark Speed from Peterborough City Council commenting: “Our local bus routes are thriving, with an additional 400,000 journeys taken last year.”

”Peterborough was built at a time when car was seen as the most-desirable mode of transport.”

- See the 2014 Car Dependency Scorecard report from www.bettertransport.org.uk

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English towns and cities ranked by how easy it is to live there without a car – with the least car-dependent locations at the top of the table:

1. London

2. Manchester

3. Liverpool

4. Brighton & Hove

5. Newcastle upon Tyne

6. Cambridge

7. Bristol

8. Birmingham

9. Southampton

10. Nottingham

11. Leicester

12. Stockport

13. Norwich

14. Luton

15. Sheffield

16. Plymouth

17. Leeds

18. Sunderland

19. Coventry

20. Gateshead

21. Northampton

22. Dudley

23. Derby

24. Bradford

25. Wigan

26. Swindon

27. Milton Keynes

28. Colchester

29. Peterborough

- Locations were rated under accessibility, buses/trains, cycling/walking, car use.