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Cardiff aiming for UK’s first car-free suburb

8 November 2012 No Comment

Cardiff may be the first city in Britain to have a car-free suburb.

Councillor Ralph Cook has told how he would like to see future developments in the city as car-free as possible, after taking inspiration from European countries such as Holland, Germany and Scandinavia who have full-working ‘car-free zones’, according to psfk.com.


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The Labour councillor also proposed 45,000 sustainable buildings which will provide housing to people in the area who want to live without presence of vehicles.

Creation of sustainable buildings in a car-free zone

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Experts welcomed the move yesterday, but many were also worried that the car-free zones may not be practical and could put off investors developing in the city.

Mr Cook said of the development to walesonline.co.uk:

“I have asked for material that would enable me to say that we could established (sic) an exemplar for car free living and it would be the first in Britain.”

“But being a pragmatist, I know that we have to work with the developer and there is a market.”


It is thought that residents who would live in the area would travel by tram or as part of a car-pooling club. Vehicles such as buses, taxis, police, fire and ambulances would still need access however.

Author: Samantha Bartlett   Date Written: 08 November 2012

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