Inner London least car-dependent place in Britain

The Campaign for Better Transport's (CBT) annual study of car dependency in British cities, released yesterday, found that London is the least car-dependent city in the UK.

London scored so highly thanks in large part to the quality of its bus services and the pre-Olympic investment in public transport infrastructure, but it's a little surprising to discover that London was ever off the top of the list, given the state of most British cities.

Encouragingly, the report found that "London was the only city where we estimated less than half of people commuted by car," and that "low car ownership in inner boroughs combined with low car usage for school travel and commuting helped London to top the driving category."

As the Council conducts a consultation on a possible borough-wide CPZ, predicated on the basis that population growth will inevitably increase pressure on parking space on Lewisham's roads, it's worth keeping in mind that the long-term trend for car ownership per capita in inner London is down. Fewer and fewer people feel the need to own a car, and with most of the new homes being built next to transport hubs (another CBT recommendation) per capita car ownership is likely to experience another big drop.

In six years of living in here, near Brockley station, where large numbers of new homes have been added and where commuters numbers have shot up thanks to the East London Line, we've not noticed any increase in the number of cars parked on our road. Parking is still relatively easy. This is not to say that cars and parking are not big problems in some areas, but that CPZs are not necessarily the right solution.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Support honest and reasonable car owners!

And bring back real markets!

Brockley Nick said...

Uhuh. And what does that actually mean in this context?

Anonymous said...

Keeping CPZs out of Brockley, keeping petrol attractively prices and vehicle duty low!

Anonymous said...

You must be the only one not noticing a car increase around the station, residents surely have noticed

Anonymous said...

Another reason why CPZ's are unnecessary and only exists to line the council's pockets to the detriment of all the residents.

Anonymous said...

Oh FFS - why the CPZ argument again? Please can everyone read the last one (probably a week ago) rather than having the identical tired arguments "I live on street X and it's hell", "well I live on street X and have no problems" etc.

Ed (CPZ) said...

I completed my form as a BX resident and hope we get CPZ. It might even reduce the illegal parking on pavements around BX when the markings are sorted.

Ed (CPZ) said...

I completed my form as a BX resident and hope we get CPZ. It might even reduce the illegal parking on pavements around BX when the markings are sorted.

Anonymous said...

Although at the same time, London scored 16th in 'Cycling and walking as alternatives' and first for 'Driving and car use'.

Tamsin said...

Just to mention, though, that hard copies of the Council's survey are now available in the libraries (if one asks for them) if anyone has relatives or neighbours who want to get their views noted (in theory) but don't have internet access.

Norman said...

I sold my car many years ago and am richer and fitter as a result and so are the kids who know how to get around by themselves. No idea why so many people must own one in a place like Brockley.

Dave H said...

Simple answer is for Council to deliver only what it is required to do by law - provide roads for moving traffic on foot, and riding animals or carriages (carriages has successively been redefined to include cycles (1878) and motor cars (1903. A beautifully drafted piece of legislation - the 1835 Highways Act, but a sadly under enforced section 72 which makes riding or driving a carriage on the footway an offence - largely committed by the drivers of motor vehicles.

Still by dropping the provision of parking spaces on roads and either converting those spaces to mini parks (attenuating run-off and reducing flood risk, plus delivering major air conditioning facilities - trees - to control air temperatures and quality), restoring them to the owner of the solum (usually the frontager) or even arranging the transfer to a private/arms length company to manage them as a car park, we might see the proper value of car parking realised in a densely developed area. This in turn might deliver the systems commonly found in other parts of Europe where the piazza has not a car parked in sight but a discrete car-lift puts 50 or more cars in to an underground multi-level drum.

By value of land I'd note that for every 2 flats built with access and parking for a car each, you lose the land which could provide a third flat, and you get a lot more rent/sales profit from selling 3 flats against 2 flats with parking spaces. Current values for off-street parking in Brockley? £5000/year? £40,000-£50,000 freehold?

Added benefit to council of ditching provision of car parking on street - typically reduces the area of streets to be repaired by 50-60%

Anonymous said...

I hope we get a CPZ too. Really no need to own a car in zone 2 London. Owning and running one does nothing to make the neighbourhood a healthy one for local residents.

Ian said...

I live in the new extension to the Ladywell CPZ, and it has made a hugely positive difference on our road. Before the change, we were the closest road to Lewisham station that didn't have parking controls, so it was impossible to park within 1/2 mile of your house if you moved your car during the day. Full of commuters, shoppers and lots and lots of builder's vans.

The CPZ consultation came in at the same time as the big new Renaissance development of apartments close to Lewisham station, which would otherwise have had the potential to flood nearby roads with hundreds of additional cars. That doesn't seem to have happened thankfully.

To those that complain about the high cost to residents of a CPZ, Lewisham are only charging £10 per month - money well spent to be able to easily park outside my own front door at any time of the day!

BTW, I use public transport for the vast majority of the time, so the CPZ lets me have the best of both worlds.

Duncan said...

Keeping CPZs out of Brockley, keeping petrol attractively prices and vehicle duty low!

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