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London in top three for Europe's for most sustainable transport city

London has been named as the third best rated city in Europe for its sustainable transport, according to new research from

The English capital was behind Helsinki and Stockholm, which took first and second place respectively.

Scoring 42.30 out of 60 available points, Helsinki, Finland topped the index, with walking, cycling and public transport accounting for 77% of journeys in the city and more than 3,450 city bikes at 238 bike stations located around the city.

Stockholm scored top marks for its sustainable mobility credentials, with a score of 42 out of 60.

The city powers its bus and metro system on 100% renewable energy, to help reduce the impact their transportation system has on the environment.

Uswitch analysed data from 21 European capital cities and 15 UK cities based on their commitment to sustainable public transport, using six credentials: e-scooter legislation, sustainable transport plans, participation in European Mobility Week, eco-friendly buses, bicycle rental schemes, and sustainable urban rail. 

Each city could score a maximum of 10 points for each element and a weighted ranking system was used to achieve the final score out of 60.

Top 10 European cities for sustainable transport

City Country Index Ranking /60
Helsinki Finland 42.3
Stockholm Sweden 41
London England 4000
Warsaw Poland 37
Paris France 36.5
Moscow Russia 35.6
Vienna Austria 34.8
Amsterdam Netherlands 34.3
Oslo Norway 33.5
Madrid Spain 33.5

Top UK cities

London was well rated due to its fleet of 2,600 diesel-electric hybrid buses which are more fuel-efficient, reduce emission by 30-40% and sustainability plan to increase trips made by foot, cycling or public transport to 80%.

Liverpool took second place as the UK’s most sustainable transportation system, scoring particularly high for its eco-friendly bus fleet.

The city implemented a system of next-generation emission standard buses operating in the city centre, which have significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.

Top 10 UK cities for sustainable transport

City Index Rating
London 55
Liverpool 43.5
Nottingham 42.8
Manchester 39.5
Birmingham 36.8
Brighton 33.1
Edinburgh 29.8
Glasgow 29
Cardiff 27.5
Belfast 26.5

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