Cost of running a car falls as bus and rail fares rise

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New figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) suggest motorists in the UK are enjoying some of the lowest running costs for decades, the RAC reports.

According to the data, between 1980 and 2015 the cost of driving a car fell by around a fifth (19%) in real terms. This included factors such as buying a vehicle and buying fuel.

During the same timeframe, fares for buses and coaches increased by 61% while ticket prices for trains went up by 65%. These higher fares have led to a fall in the popularity of public transport.

The official figures also reveal that, between 2010 and 2015, there was a 10% drop in the cost of running a car.

Meanwhile, during this five-year period, bus fares shot up 5% and rail fares by 7%.

One of the reasons for the difference in costs could be the drive to increase investment in building new roads and the drop-off in taxes for fuel-efficient vehicles, the RAC said.

Following the figures, campaigners have repeated calls for the Government to increase investment in public transport routes and cut public transport fees.

The amount of journeys made by car is expected to continue to increase over the next 25 years as it is thought that the number of people choosing to travel by bike or public transport will decrease.

While there are already more cars on Britain's roads than ever before, the UK's road network has stayed more or less than same, growing by just 2.4% since 1995.

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