Calls for ‘forced’ car ownership to be ‘eliminated’ over transport and emissions concerns

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A new YouGov poll found that almost a quarter of people in outer London feel “forced” to own a car due to a lack of transport options. In contrast, half of survey respondents in central London said they were able to live car free thanks to effective transport links.

The research, which was commissioned by former London mayoral candidate and Green Party Assembly Member Sian Berry, also found 14 percent of those in central London feel forced to own a car.

Commenting on the study, the Councillor for Camden said more needs to be done to improve public transport and leave cars behind.

She said: “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 needs 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.”

This comes at a time when Transport for London’s (TfL) financial situation is causing issues across the network.

Grant Shapps recently announced another new funding boost of £4.5billion to keep London’s transport network running.

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He added: “As the economy opens up, we must strike a deal that supports TfL while representing value for money for all taxpayers and so, I have agreed a 14-day extension to continue discussions.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has previously proposed introducing a new £2 daily “clean air charge” or expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

This is being proposed to cover a massive loss in revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

TfL has warned of an 18 percent reduction in bus services across the capital, with tube services also becoming more unreliable.

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