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Cars 'ditched' for work

The number of people driving to work has plummeted in two years - while the number using trains and buses is up five-fold.

Research reveals three-quarters of UK drivers still use the car to commute but the number has dropped from 86% last year and 92% in 2004.

One in 10 now use trains - in 2004 it was 2%. Bus use is up from 0.2% to 1%. And 16% said they would walk or cycle if possible.

However, 86% of those quizzed for the 10th annual Barclaycard Business Travel survey said if it wasn't for rising costs and congestion, they would still drive.

Tim Carlier, of Barclaycard, said: "Whether the reduction in car travel is over concern for the environment, or a reaction to increased fuel prices and congestion charging, it is encouraging."

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