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Considering the amount of space taken up by moving and parked cars, I think a Workplace Parking Levy should be mandatory in larger cities
South Manchester, where I live, is a horrific nest of congested roads and yet public transport provision is almost nil. Contrast to Munich, where I lived last year, where at approximately the same distance from the city centre, there was a tram stop right outside my front door *plus* two bus stops, *plus* a metro station within ten minutes’ walk. Service density at rush hour was trams every ten minutes and trains every four.
Plus, the whole public transit network was unified under a single provider, and I could buy a monthly pass for the *entire* network for less than the cost of my current two-stations-only season ticket on the UK railway, which runs a measly four trains an hour, and not equally spaced.
If you want people to use public transport you need to increase service density so that you don’t have to plan your journey ahead, you need full coverage to get people all the way to their destination with minimal modal changes, and you need a unified payment infrastructure so that people don’t have to buy multiple fares.
Honestly, I suspect that autonomous electric rideshare services will kill a lot of public transit infrastructure before we get anywhere close to that outside the capital.
I could not agree more with you. This country is a joke as far as public transport is concerned. Far too expensive and not in the right places.
There is too much money spent in London – billions of pounds, to look after the already over subsidised Capital. It is about time that the money generated in cities like Manchester stayed in Manchester, instead of going to the fat cat government to dole out to themselves and undemocratic organisations like the House of Lords.
The problem is nothing to do with car ownership, which most sensible people aspire to, but excessive taxation – which is all the government can think of. it is ‘our’ money, and the criminal governments which we have in this country, of whatever hue, should not be able to get hold of it to waste. Which is what happens to most of it!
If public transport was made cheaper and therefore more competitive with car use then perhaps more people would use it. A congestion charge could be used to raise money to subsidise public transport for commuters.
There’s a lot of confusion between which car journeys are theoretically easier and most intuitive to substitute with cycling/PT, and how best to “target” overall reduction.
If you already own a car, it will take a formidable array of carrots and sticks to persuade away from car use, especially in areas dominated by pollution and car storage (a negatively reinforcing circle). So, once you own a car, it’s essentially too late for most alternatives to compete.
For that reason, you needed to reduce car ownership by disincentivizing car purchase. The main reason people buy cars is for longer, inter-city trips where huge savings can often be made per journey, compared to rail and bus, and there is a perception it is more convenient.
That’s why the only effective approach is to discourage long car trips, by making it harder/more expensive or anti-social, to store cars, especially kerbside.