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Wigan worst for car dependency in UK while Manchester makes top ten for use of public transport, study finds

By Mancunian Matters staff

Wigan is the most car-dependent place in the UK according to a recent study – while Manchester city centre is in the top ten for better use of public transport.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) survey selected 26 towns and cities across the UK to test car dependency – and the Greater Manchester town came bottom of the list.

Wigan was shown to have poor access to key services for those without a car, however it did score well in  walking and cycling.

Meanwhile, Manchester reached seventh place in the least car dependent rankings.

CBT sustainable transport campaigner Sian Berry said: “Local authorities need to realise the most cost-effective way to reduce dependence is to invest in cheaper, more-efficient public transport and build new developments that can be accessed by cycling and public transport and which reduce the need to travel, rather than throw money at expensive road plans that in reality fail to cut congestion.”

London topped the list as least car dependent and was particularly praised for its buses.

It was followed by Brighton and Hove in second, and Nottingham in third.

Ms Berry added: “The cities that have topped our ranking show how good planning and investing in transport infrastructure can provide decent transport alternatives and reduce the number of people having to make every-day journeys by car.

“Heavy investment in transport for London 2012 is already starting to show its impact with the capital moving up to top the ranking.”

The places were selected on a representative geographical basis.

1. London

2. Brighton and Hove

3. Nottingham

4. Cambridge

5. Southampton

6. Plymouth

7. Manchester

8. Liverpool

9. Newcastle upon Tyne

10. Bristol

11. Derby

12. Dudley, West Midlands

13. Leicester

14. Swindon, Wiltshire

15. Birmingham

16. Sheffield

17. Coventry

18. Sunderland

19. Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

20. Leeds

21. Bradford

22. Luton

23. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

24= Colchester, Essex

24= Peterborough

26. Wigan, Greater Manchester

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