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WIGANERS are, claims a new survey, the most car-dependent people in the country.

A public transport pressure group today found that the borough - which has been ranked alongside cities because of its 320,000 strong population - has “poor access” to key services for those without a car and who must rely on public transport.

This statement is already raising eyebrows in the town hall where many millions have been spent, somewhat controversially, centralising all services people depend on in one complex, The Wigan Life Centre, just two or three minutes’ walk from the main bus or railway stations.

People will be left to ponder if the public transport pressure group Campaign for Better Transport relied on logistical data compiled before this impressive looking building came one stream.

Many of us who fear the choking of this island by cars and lorries believe that better public transport links are the answer but do these claims actually help the cause?