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Car Rental News - 07/03/2011


Berkshire town considered the least car-friendly in Britain, survey shows.

A motoring survey has concluded that Reading in Berkshire is the most car-unfriendly town in the country. Motorists canvassed in the study roundly condemned Reading, which has replaced London at the bottom of a ranking of communities based on their attractiveness to drivers.

Virgin Money Car Insurance conducted the study, which finds the neighbouring town of Slough faring little better. Reading sits on the bottom of the 65-town list and Slough is just four positions higher, at 61st.

The survey rated towns based on a range of criteria including fuel costs, parking fees and vehicle crime. Towns found to suffer from high rates of vehicle crime include Slough, Cardiff, in Wales, and Manchester, in the north-west of England.

Londoners appear to be better off, as the capital has been knocked off the bottom of the list by Reading. The Merseyside town of St Helens was deemed the best place for drivers, an honour it enjoys for the second consecutive year.

Close behind St Helens was West Bromwich. The town in the West Midlands leaped from 34th place in the survey last year, to second position this year.

Telford popped into third place. The Shropshire town has in the past topped the list. Sunderland was ranked in fifth place, behind the West Midlands town of Sutton Coldfield.

Languishing near the bottom of the survey, Oxford was one position off the bottom, at 64th place. Cardiff sits in 63rd position, while Nottingham and Slough hold a joint 61st place.

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