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Cornish Commute 'Not Understood' By Government

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7:01am 2nd December 2013

Only around a quarter of workers in Cornwall do not rely on a car or van to do the daily commute.

The RAC Foundation says it is time the government woke up - and gave drivers a break.

It is as ministers decide whether to let parts of the Duchy have money off their fuel costs with a rebate, already in place on the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall was missed off a provisional list of rural areas eligible for the discount, despite a town in Devon being included.

Now ministers have hinted other places could be added.

Nationally, more than six in ten people in England and Wales are reliant on a car or van to get to work.

That compares to around one in six who take public transport, one in ten who walk, and one in thirty who cycle.

The research also reveals that the average journey to work in the southwest lasts just under nine miles.

Philip Gom helped do the research. He said: "If you're in the southwest of England then you haven't got alternatives of public transport - essentially you're reliant on the car. Whenever politicians in Westminster look out of their windows and they see buses, taxis, cabs circling Parliament Square, they might be tempted to think that's the way we all travel."

7:01am 2nd December 2013

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