Sheffield is region’s city ‘least reliant’ on the car

DRIVEPR ''Traffic lights at junction of Abbey Lane and Woodseats Road
DRIVEPR ''Traffic lights at junction of Abbey Lane and Woodseats Road
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SHEFFIELD is the least car-dependent city in Yorkshire, according to a new survey.

The research by the Campaign for Better Transport found that Sheffield residents are the people least reliant on their cars throughout the region.

Plans to invest in city centre development, and the proposed new bus partnership, all boosted Sheffield’s placing in the survey.

But the group said cycling and walking in the hilly city was low because of its geographical challenges and called for more to be done to encourage alternatives to driving.

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach, which runs many bus services in Sheffield, said: “We’re proving in Sheffield it is possible to attract people out of their cars and onto public transport through good value rail, bus and tram fares along with frequent, reliable and integrated services.

“An important part of this success story is having a supportive transport authority working constructively with operators and pursuing policies which deliver real passenger benefits on the ground.”

Sheffield was 16th nationally. The top three least car-dependent towns and cities in the UK were London, Brighton and Nottingham – while the worst were Wigan, Peterborough and Colchester.

Sian Berry, from the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “The cities that have topped our ranking show how good planning and investing can provide decent alternatives and reduce the number of people having to make everyday journeys by car.”