Concern over city transport systems

Glasgow has vastly improved its transport provision in the last six years but many British cities are showing deficiencies in their networks, according to a study.

The research by property consultancy GVA Grimley put Cardiff at the top of its 12-city table, moving up from third place in 2003 as a result of improvements in its rail service.

Sheffield came second, having dropped from first in 2003, while the biggest mover was Glasgow - jumping from seventh in 2003 to third due to its massive road and public transport improvements.

But Bristol and Birmingham were considered to have a number of "transport supply deficits", with Leicester needing "further improvement", and Liverpool and Manchester having seen a deterioration in transport provision since the 2003 study.

The research looked at the relationship between transport and property by charting "supply" and "demand" factors to produce an overall transport provision index score for each city.

Dr Jim Whelan, research director at GVA Grimley and author of the study said despite progress in some cities, there was fears that the current downturn could become an excuse to halt improvements or be used to highlight an apparent "success" of existing transport provision.

"This perception needs to be avoided if the economic recovery of the cities is to be assisted rather than hindered by transport provision," he added.

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