UK remains a nation of car lovers

Cars remain the choice mode of transport for Britons travelling long distances within the UK, research has claimed.

A poll by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) found that cars were used for 80% of all journeys more than 50 miles, with the most popular reasons for the trips being visiting friends or relatives, leisure, holidays, business and commuting.

Rail, coach and air travel lagged some way behind, accounting for 12%, 6% and 4% of all journeys respectively.

The report found income had the biggest impact on commuting and business travel by rail, and relatively little effect on long-distance travel by car.

It added that an increase in the number of low-emission vehicles could cause a significant increase in car travel and put the rail network in severe danger of becoming redundant.

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