Official statistics have predicted that large numbers of UK commuters will shun public transport and cycling in favour of using their own cars over the next 25 years, reports the Evening Standard.
Journeys to work made on foot were also predicted to drop significantly by the year 2040, according to statistics recently released by the Department for Transport (DfT). In total, UK workers made an average of 453.4 journeys by car in 2015 - by 2040, this is expected to rise to an average of 503.9.
Contrasting with this, an average of only 22.1 commuter journeys across the UK in 2015 were complete on a bicycle. This is expected to drop to an average of 20.5 by 2040. Bus journeys will fall by around a quarter over the same period, according to the DfT’s predictions.
The predicted fall in the use of public transport, as well as cycling, has been blamed by critics on the government’s failure to invest more in the sector. In addition, underinvestment in greener and safer alternatives such as segregated cycle lanes outside of London has been cited as a key drawback preventing more commuters cycling to work.
Shadow transport secretary Lillian Greenwood said of the statistics:
Ministers claim that they will double cycling journeys by 2025, but their own projections predict that cycling will tail off.
It's now clearer than ever that plans to cut walking and cycling funding by over 70% will hasten this decline and lead to even more cars on congested and poorly maintained roads.
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