Britons spend 15 per cent of their income on transport more than anyone else in Europe, according to a study for the BBC by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Rail, bus and aircraft fares account for 3.8 per cent, almost twice as much as in other leading EU nations. Commuters also travel further to get to work and spend twenty minutes more in transit every week than they did 10 years ago.
Doug McWilliams, of the CEBR, said that money had been ploughed into buying thousands of buses, but they were 35 per cent less full than 20 years ago. He criticised the Government for a lack of focus. But Douglas Alexander, the Transport Secretary, said that fares were higher in Britain because other EU countries provided more subsidy.