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Workers 'use more public transport'

Cars are in decline as the main form of transport people use to get to work in England and Wales, a study has shown.

Although the 67% of commuters still drive to and from their workplace, the proportion has fallen by nearly 2% since 2001.

Meanwhile train, bus and tube travel has increased. More commuters are also getting on their bikes, with London standing out as the country's cycling capital.

The research, based on 2011 census data, was conducted by a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Study leader Dr Anna Goodman said: "People in England and Wales remain highly car-dependent, but this research suggests we are starting to see a slight decline in car use and an increase in the alternatives.

"This gives some hope that people are travelling in the right direction towards creating a healthier and more environmentally sustainable transport system."

Across England and Wales, car, van and motorcycle use by commuters has fallen by 1.8% since 2001, while journeying by public transport increased by the same amount.

Southern regions saw the greatest decline in car travel to work. In Greater London, the proportion of commuters relying on private motor transport had fallen by 8.8%.

Just under a third of commuters in the capital (32.2%) drove or rode motorcycles to work in 2011 while more than half of them used public transport - a rise of 7.3%.

Those not motoring or using public transport in London were walking or getting on their bikes. Pedal power was becoming increasingly popular in London with cycling accounting for 4.3% of work journeys in the capital, a rise of 1.7% since 2001.

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