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Peterborough is the hardest place to get around if you don't drive

The city of Peterborough has been named and shamed as the hardest place to get around if you don't drive according to a new survey.

The Campaign for Better Transport singled out Peterborough for 'weaknesses' in its public transport and found that as a result residents are heavily reliant on cars.

But they aren't the only ones, with 29 cities and towns surveyed - Milton Keynes and Northampton were found to be amongst the most car dependent.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Peterborough is the 'hardest place to live without a car'

Peterborough city centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The city of Peterborough is the hardest place to live in England without a car, according to a new survey.

The new research called 'The 2014 Car Dependency Scorecard' has been produced by the Campaign for Better Transport, which also found that Colchester in Essex, and Milton Keynes are also difficult places to live without access to a car.

It found that Peterborough has weaknesses in its public transport infrastructure and heavy reliance on cars. But it said there are signs of hope as many people in the city already cycle regularly, showing there is scope for improvement and a will for active travel.

The survey looked at each location on four categories

  • Accessibility and planning
  • Buses and trains quality and uptake
  • Cycling and walking as alternatives
  • Driving and car use
Peterborough came in at 29th in the survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

"To be good places to live and work, towns and cities need good transport. The most successful places in our research give people a choice in how you get around. They have good public transport, plan new development thoughtfully and make it easy and safe for people to cycle and walk."

– Chief Executive Stephen Jospeh, Campaign for Better Transport

Colchester was seen as the location where residents were least likely to be able to get to a primary school, work or the town centre by walking or public transport, while the spread out of Milton Keynes meant longer distance for people to have to travel.

Cambridge topped the list from our region in 6th place for being the least-car dependent.

Norwich came in 13th place, Luton 14th, and Northampton in 21st place

Below is the list of the least car dependent locations, with Peterborough in 29th place at the bottom, followed by Colchester in 28th and then Milton Keynes in 27th.

London came out on top ass the best place to live if you don't have a car.

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Cambridge
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • Southampton
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Stockport
  • Norwich
  • Luton
  • Sheffield
  • Plymouth
  • Leeds
  • Sunderland
  • Coventry
  • Gateshead
  • Northampton
  • Dudley
  • Derby
  • Bradford
  • Wigan
  • Swindon
  • Milton Keynes
  • Colchester
  • Peterborough


Charity Santa dash in Peterborough park

Hundreds of Santas were on the run in Peterborough today.

Santas 'on the run' in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ferry Meadows Park was awash with red suits and white beards for a charity fun run.

The competitors were raising money for the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance which supports sufferers and their families. The youngest was 5 and the eldest was 77-years-old.

It is the first year the event has been held and it is hoped they have raised £4,000.

Many of those who took part have relatives with dementia.

Click below to watch a video clip with 'running Santa' Donna Abraham:

Concerns over illegal puppy trade in Peterborough

Trading Standards says there has been an increase in the illegal puppy trade in Peterborough in the run up to Christmas.

Puppy found in Peterborough Credit: Trading Standards

A number of dogs thought to have been imported from Eastern Europe have recently been found in the city and put into quarantine.

Officers say the puppies are a risk because they have not had injections for rabies and other illnesses.

Health regulator takes further action to improve A&E services Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust

Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

The health regulator Monitor is taking further action to improve accident and emergency services at the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

It has appointed one of its officers to work alongside new leadership at the trust to ensure improvements are made.

Monitor has acted after the trust consistently failed to meet the national target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours.


Major disruption on trains through Peterborough and Stevenage

A number of trains running through Peterborough and Stevenage have been cancelled and many services have been delayed by up to 60 minutes due to overhead line problems at Doncaster.

Delays are affecting East Coast Trains Credit: PA Images

The problems are affecting the following train operators and routes...

  • East Coast Trains: Between Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London Kings Cross.

  • Grand Central Trains: Between Sunderland, Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross.

  • First Hull Trains: between Hull and London Kings Cross.

First Hull Trains, Grand Central and East Coast passengers may use any service, East Coast passengers may also use Virgin Trains services on 'reasonable' routes.

Passengers may use tickets dated Thursday 27 November for travel today.

Disruption is expected until around 2pm this afternoon.

Click here to read more about disruption on East Coast Trains.

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Rail union: East Coast privatisation a 'national disgrace'

Rail union, the RMT, have criticised the government's decision to privatise the East Coast mainline and sell it to a consortium involving Virgin and Stagecoach.

Mick Cash described it as a "national disgrace" and said the current arrangement was earning the British people £1 billion:

It is a national disgrace and an act of utter betrayal that the government has confirmed that it is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing that the current public sector operator is handing over a billion pounds back to the British people while delivering huge improvements in service and customer satisfaction.

It is simply ludicrous to even contemplate re-privatisation when not only have there been two previous private sector failures on the East Coast route but when the public-sector rescue operation has been such a stunning success. This is pure industrial vandalism by a rotten government hell bent on wrecking successful public services in the name of private greed.

While domestic public ownership puts money back into the coffers that can be reinvested in our railways the private operators suck out colossal sums in subsidies and profits - that's what privatisation means.

The decision to hand this profitable and successful public rail operation back to the vultures from Virgin/Stagecoach is based purely on hard-right political ideology and RMT is committed to continuing the fight to block this betrayal right up to polling day and beyond.

– Mick Cash, General Secretary RMT
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