Edinburgh is ‘easiest city in UK to travel in’

Published: 02 August 2018

Edinburgh has been named the easiest city in the UK to travel in for the third year running in a new survey.

Liverpool came second and Nottingham third in the annual ESP Group Easy Travel Index (ETI).

It found Edinburgh and Nottingham’s publicly-owned bus companies and strong integrated networks have significantly contributed to their success through stable and accessible bus and tram services, competitive prices and easy to use ticketing, as well as integrated smart ticketing and travel apps.

Meanwhile Birmingham came top for ease of long-distance travel - displacing Edinburgh which dropped to second place - while Swansea, Liverpool and Oxford came third equal. The ETI, developed by transport and mobility services company ESP Group, questioned almost 5000 people about the ease of use of transport in cities across the UK.

It found across the UK 34% of people sometimes do not leave their homes due to concerns about travel, up from 30% in 2017. Dr Steve Cassidy, managing director of ESP Group, said: “Edinburgh has excelled itself once again, maintaining pole position in the rankings which is testament to the strong, integrated transport networks it continues to develop..." 

Full story in the Edinburgh Evening News

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