Commuters’ journey times ‘worsening’

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Motorists are trying alternatives to the car to get to work but some find journey times are worsening, according to an AA/Populus survey.

More than 20 per cent of 21,000 AA members polled said they had tried different types of transport on their daily commute.

These included car sharing, cycling, public transport and motor bikes or scooters. But 17 per cent of those who normally took the car said their journey times had got worse over the past 12 months. This figure rose to 20 per cent for commuting AA members in London and in the West Midlands.

The AA also pointed out that Government figures showed a decrease in traffic speeds on local A roads in England in the morning peak in the 12 months ending June 2014.

AA president Edmund King said: “The increase in traffic and congestion is a stark reminder of the need to speed up investment in the roads around congestion and accident hotspots.”