117,000 fewer cars in London as population rises by 603,000
London Assembly Green Party Member
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19th November 2012
Silvertown crossing ‘not needed’ as car ownership drops
A report by London Council has highlighted the fact that car ownership in London is dropping, even as the population is rising. They use figures from a report commissioned by the RAC to show that London ’s population has risen by 603,000 since 2000, but car ownership dropped by 117,000.
Separate figures from Transport for London show that traffic has fallen by 7% since 2000. If the trend continues, there could be 15%-20% less traffic in London by the time the proposed new road is finished.
Darren Johnson is due to question the Mayor about the Silvertown crossing at next Wednesday morning’s Mayor’s Questions. The exhibition on the proposed Silvertown crossing and the Ferry at Gallions Reach are due to start on Monday 17th November.
Darren Johnson said:
“It makes no sense to build a new road underneath the Thames when traffic has been declining in London for the last twelve years and the rate of that decline is speeding up. As well as Londoners using less cars, they are now buying less cars. Given the dramatic increase in public transport links across the Thames , this is the last place you should be building a new road.”
1. Changes in populations and car ownership in London
Taken from the report produced by London Councils “Review of the relevance of parking to the success of town centres”
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