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Nottingham turning away from cars

Nottingham was named the least car-dependent city in England in a survey that included 19 major cities and towns from across the nation.  At the bottom of the list was Milton Keynes.

Campaign for Better Transport, the green lobbying group, took a close look at each community by rating them against seventeen indicators of car dependence that were split between three larger categories which included quality and uptake of private transport, accessibility and planning, and cycling and walking.  At the end of the survey the total was the ranking for each city or town.

Nottingham won for its award winning bus services, its known bias against shopping centres placed out of town, and its popular tram usage.  On the other hand, Milton Keynes faced heavy criticism for its heavy reliance on car travel.

On the other hand, Nottingham invested in thirty miles of cycle trails and offers a nine mile tram system that provides an average of 230,000 miles of trips every week.  CBT stated that the city ranked high in the survey due to its high customer bus patronage and overall high satisfaction.  Outside of its highly efficient bus offerings, CBT also mentioned that the tram system is now expanding and used yearly by about 10m passengers.

In fact, a separate report stated that one out of every ten journeys out of Nottingham were made by car at the start of 2000, but now a decade later after the tram and bus service improved public transport is now the favoured option.

Even though London has put a large financial investment into bus services and tube services it was only able to take second place in the survey.

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