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TIME was travellers to the continent used to fill up before returning to Blighty as petrol was so cheap over there.

TIME was travellers to the continent used to fill up before returning to Blighty as petrol was so cheap over there.

Not anymore. A recent trip to mainland Europe saw petrol prices at 1.64 euros a litre in France, 1.62 in Belgium and 1.72 in Holland. Admittedly diesel was cheaper than in the UK - 1.32, 1.41 and 1.36 euros respectively but these prices show that motorists are being hit everywhere.

Now the RAC has issued a report saying that a third of UK motorists are driving less due to the high cost of fuel.

Perhaps then it’s time to follow our European neighbours and do what they do - go by bicycle.

It’s national bike week this week - not that you’d know of course, bicycles being well off the average citizen’s radar - but over at Solihull’s Birmingham Business Park property developer Goodman was doing its bit to encourage people to ride to work.

On the continent, in Holland and Belgium especially, they have extensive well signposted cycle routes so people can get from A to B quickly - and cheaply.

Over here people trying to cycle to Birmingham Business Park, or anywhere else are in for a totally different, and at times traffic fraught, journey.

Perhaps its time for Solihull Council to give the borough a proper cycle network so people can get to work, school and the shops without having to get the car out - or pay for exorbitant bus fares either.

 

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