Problems Caused By Transport
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There are currently 26 to 27 million cars on the road in the UK. This figure is predicted to increase by 50% by the year 2025.

The use of public transport has declined, and this trend is predicted to continue. The cost to the British economy and the taxpayer's own pocket rises with every Parliamentary Budget. If each of the people in the cars in the picture below used a public bus, only one bus would be needed. Think how little pollution that would cause in comparison!

The rise in car ownership has been a constant one. No longer is the car the plaything of the richest in British society. Falling relative prices and increased personal wealth have made the car accessible to most British households. The car is now widely considered an essential part of modern life.

Personal transport is dominated by the car. This situation has been reinforced by a succession of recent Government initiatives, notably transport spending policies. During the 1980's some 12 billion was spent on road building programmes. Despite major road building programmes, congestion in cities like Birmingham has increased.

This was partly financed through general taxation, but also through road tax and petrol price increases. In 1985, the average running cost per week for one car was 12, In 1995, this figure had nearly doubled to just over 22. Most of this has come through the increase in petrol prices set by the Government.
Graphs of Car Related Statistics
A busy street.
What can be done?
Between 1985 and 1995, the car had increased its percentage share of journeys for all distances. Car use dominates for all journeys over one mile. For less than one mile, walking is the most popular choice, and rates highly for journeys between one and two miles. As journey length increases, bus and rail use becomes more common, but still accounts for less than 20% of all journeys in 1995/6. Cycling is the least commonly used method of transport. Back to Main Page.
Transport problems The Car The Train and the Metro
The Bus as Public Transport Walking and Cycling Links and Bibliography
This site was prepared as an entry for the Travel Wise competition 2000
and went online on 31/3/2000.

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