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‘War on motorists’ is a ‘myth’, says new British report

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Bicycle, Bus, Europe, Funding, Pedestrian, Services |

Local London authorities push for improved cycle and pedestrian routes

Public transport fares in Britain have risen in real terms over the last ten years, while private motoring costs have fallen, according to a new report new report from a leading British think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

Concluding that the claims made by the private car lobby that there has been a ‘war on motorists’ are based on a myth, the report recommends increased government investment to improve public transport, cycling and walking facilities.

“Over the last decade, public transport fares have gone up in real terms, hitting the less well-off hardest, and leading to increased unfairness in terms of access to the means to travel,” states the report, adding:

“Government delays to the introduction of fuel duty tax increases give no benefit to the 25 per cent of households that do not have access to a car, which includes two-thirds of the poorest households.”

The report calls on the British government to give local authorities the power and incentives to improve public transport, cycling and walking facilities “in the most cost-effective way appropriate to local conditions”. It adds: “Given that bus fares have increased more than for any other mode of transport, priority should be given to bringing down these costs.”

You can download the full report here.


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