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Letters to the editor: Issue 549 9 Jul 2010

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Car use, Greater London

Car use peaked in London fifteen years ago

David Metz, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London, London

I read with interest Phil Goodwin’s article in which he introduced the concept of ‘peak car’, and look forward to his promised further exposition. In the meantime, may I interpose the observation that, as far as London is concerned, peak car use came and went at least 15 years ago, when none of us noticed. Transport for London’s most recent Travel in London report records a steady decline in private transport’s share of trips since at least 1993 (then 50%, 41% in...

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