Car is still king for commuters in spite of congestion

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Car commuters may hate sitting in traffic jams but it seems trying other ways to get to work doesn't always help.

An AA/Populus survey of 21,000 AA members released today showed that more than one-fifth of those quizzed had tried alternative transport methods for their commute but 17 per cent of them found journey times had actually worsened during the past year, with that figure going up to 20 per cent for members who commuted in London and the West Midlands.

The alternative methods included going by bike, scooters or motorbikes, using public transport, and sharing cars.

The study also found that women's commutes were more likely to be shorter than men's, while drivers aged between 18 and 24 were more likely to give sharing a car a try, and older commuters favoured going by car.

Two per cent of the commuters who took part in the survey said they travelled more than 75 miles to get to work and were most likely to live in the south-west of England.

Figures from the government for the year to the end of June 2014 also showed a drop in the speed of traffic during the morning peak on A roads in England, said the AA.

Edmund King, the AA's president, said: "Our study shows that 'the car is still king" when it comes to commuting but the upturn in the economy seems to have slowed journey times in the last year.

"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."