UK cities 'most tricky without car'

Major cities in the UK are among the most difficult in Europe to traverse without a car, a survey has concluded.

Rome is the only European city, in 13th and last place, said to be less environmentally friendly and public transport-friendly than the main UK cities.

In a 13-strong table showing ease of travel, London came eighth and had the worst air quality, congestion and also the highest transport fares. With such necessity for personal transport, Londoners and other city residents must be extra careful in ensuring they have adequatecar insurance cover.

Cardiff was ninth, Dublin 10th, Edinburgh 11th and Belfast 12th.

The table, compiled by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT), showed Stockholm as the best European city to get around without a car.

Helsinki, Prague, Paris and Berlin followed, with cities being judged in 16 categories. These include public transport access, attitudes to car use, congestion levels and side effects from cars.

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