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The top cities in England for green transport include Nottingham, London, Brighton, Hove and Manchester.

Nottingham came out top in a study of UK cities that gauged the East Midlands town to be the least dependent on cars and have the best public transport.

The CBT, a green lobby group, judged the cities on accessibility and planning; quality and availability of public transport; and how pedestrian and cyclist friendly they are.

From a report by the Press Association:

The findings showed that in many cities people have little choice but to drive cars. Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) used a Car Dependency Scorecard to look at how much people rely on cars, using data from 17 sources to rank 19 cities in England.

Over the past decade, Nottingham council has invested heavily in public transport, including a tramline. The results have been that more people now use public transport than cars.

From an article in the Guardian:

Nottingham topped the survey ahead of London despite a multi-billion pound taxpayer investment in the capital’s tube and bus services that is the envy of sister cities across the UK. Brighton came third, reflecting its much-admired bus network, its umbilical rail links with London and a size perfectly pitched for commuting cyclists and walkers. Manchester won fourth place despite tarnishing its progressive transport credentials two years ago by rejecting a congestion charge scheme.

The heavily car-dependent towns of Luton, Peterborough and Milton Keynes rounded out the bottom of the list. Milton Keynes, a ‘new town’ located 45 miles or 72 km northwest of London and established in 1967, was planned as a green or ‘garden city’ in the sense that it contains many parks, trees and wide open spaces, and is less dense than most towns. But the bus system is poor and the road traffic isn’t busy, so most everyone drives.

The rankings juxtapose modern city planning based on car travel against more dense, traditional cityscapes that have been adapted for cycling and collective transportation.

Additional resources:

This is Nottingham – New research reveals Nottingham to be the least car dependent city in the UK

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.



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