9 November 2020
Responding to the RAC Annual Report on Motoring, which found that reluctance to use public transport is at its highest level in 18 years, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“We are already starting to see the consequences of returning to a car-based transport system with increasing congestion on our roads and poor air quality in our towns and cities. This report has highlighted the need to act now or risk losing our way on the road to a fairer, more sustainable transport network. The Government must use the forthcoming Spending Review to ensure public transport is supported in the short term so that those people who need to use it can, as well as providing longer term funding to create an affordable, reliable, clean and safe alternative to driving.”
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Notes to Editors
1. On public transport and active travel, the RAC Annual Report on Motoring found that:
- 52 per cent of motorists say they will use public transport less in future as a result of the pandemic
- Fewer than half of drivers (43 per cent) say they would use their cars less if public transport was improved – down sharply from 57 per cent in 2019
- Fewer drivers say they cycle regularly in 2020 compared to last year – just over a fifth (22 per cent) do so at least once a month, down from 30 per cent in 2019
- 57 per cent of motorists say that having access to a car is more important given the pandemic than in it was before.
2. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).