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STUDY EXAMINES EFFECTS OF CITY CENTRE CAR MEASURES

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Anti-car policies would move people from private cars to public transport, but they would also drive some businesse...
Anti-car policies would move people from private cars to public transport, but they would also drive some businesses, shoppers and visitors away from the city centre, according to a consultants' study into Birmingham commissioned by the city council, Centro and the department of transport.

The Birmingham Post reports (p1) that the £60,000 study concludes that policies must be introduced to deter motorists from driving into the city centre.

Among its conclusions are:

-- Doubling the cost of council car parking charges would persuade many commuters on to public transport, but shoppers would go elsewhere

-- Cutting the cost of bus and rail travel by 20% and 10% respectively would have little effect in encouraging motorists away from their cars

-- If a tax on firms for having car parks was introduced, a quarter would shut them, while others would move premises

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