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London against clocks going back
Alarm clock
The clocks went back on Sunday
Most people in London and Scotland are against putting the clocks back in winter, a survey has found.

A poll for the Mayor of London found 63% of Londoners and 56% of people in Scotland were against the practice.

Some said they would like to move to Central European Time (CET) which gives two hours extra daylight in the evening in the summer and one extra in winter.

The Transport Research Laboratory claims there would be 450 fewer deaths on the roads each year under CET.

The poll, conducted by Mori, also found that if the clocks were not put back, 70% of Londoners and two-thirds of Scotland respondents (66%) would feel safer walking outside later at night.

The tourism season would be extended - with some estimates suggesting a boost worth up to 1bn a year.
London mayor Ken Livingstone

Some 62% of those questioned in Scotland and 60% of London respondents would take part in more sports and leisure activities if the evenings were lighter - this rose to 70% of people aged 25-34.

Half of the 1,507 questioned in both London (52%) and Scotland (50%) disagree that they would find it any harder to get up in the morning if there were less daylight in the morning and more in the evening.

London mayor Ken Livingstone said if he will urging the government to end the "out-dated" practice.

He added: "All of the evidence shows that many, many lives would be saved if we had an extra hour's daylight on winter evenings.

"This would also boost the economy. The tourism season would be extended - with some estimates suggesting a boost worth up to 1bn a year.

"The only argument against this has been that people in Scotland opposed a change.

"Our poll shows that when the benefits are explained, particularly fewer traffic accidents, there are big majorities for lighter winter evenings at both ends of the country."




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