Quarter of Londoners feel ‘forced’ to own a car

Siân Berry - Wikipedia

A quarter of people in outer London feel pressured to own a car due to a lack of transport options, according to an important new survey. 

This is in stark contrast to the 14 per cent in central London who reported feeling forced to own a car, while half said they were already able to live car-free.  

The research was commissioned by Green Party London Assembly Member Sian Berry from YouGov.  

These findings come amid warnings of cuts to London’s buses and the Tube over the next few years due to TfL’s financial situation. Suburban rail services are already seeing reduced timetables. 

Sian says: “Cuts to public transport services will make this awful situation of Londoners feeling forced to own a car even worse. The Government and the mayor must step up and restore funding to national rail and bus services across the whole city. 

“Smarter, fairer road charging is now finally on the horizon, and it must be accompanied by dramatic improvements in alternatives, particularly for outer Londoners. 

“Forced car ownership should to be eliminated and the money raised from an effective smart, fair road-charging scheme must be used to help Londoners with high quality new services.” 


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