Cardiff car use down by 7 per cent

THE number of people in Cardiff using a car to get to work has dropped by more than 7% in a year.

And the proportion of drivers fell by more than 12.5% in five years as the amount of people using public transport or getting around by walking or cycling soared.

But as the city council talked up its sustainable travel programme, disgruntled drivers joined experts and politicians in blaming traffic congestion and ongoing roadworks for the figures.

Castle Street was closed yesterday as work continued on the capital’s roads.

The four-month long scheme to create a Castle Quarter and introduce new bus lanes was due to be completed by this week, but was still ongoing over the weekend.

And contractors were forced to dramatically shelve work during the Ryder Cup to try to cut
Councillor Delme Bowen, executive member for traffic and transportation, said the trend of falling car use was encouraging, even though national patterns show car use increasing.