The long commute just got longer

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The long commute just got longer

There’s been a big rise in the number of local people commuting two hours or more each day.

Figures from the TUC show an increase of 87% in the past ten years in the East Midlands.

The number of people travelling for three hours or more is up by 21%.

In the Eastern region, which inlcudes Peterborough, the figures are 55% and 22% respectively.

The union organisation is blaming high housing costs, and a lack of spending on roads and railways.

It says more home and flexi-working could allow people to cut their commutes and save money.

Tables

Please note all figures are based on unpublished data from the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey (Autumn quarters). Results smaller than 10,000 are marked with an asterisk as they are too small to be robust. In these cases percentages are shown for indicative purposes.

Average daily commute men and women employees 2014-2015 (in minutes)

2004

2014

Change

Men

58.6

61.8

3.2 (5.5%)

Women

45.6

50.8

5.2 (11.4%)

All employees

52.5

56.3

3.8 (7.2%)

Commuting 120 minutes or more per day

2004

2014

Change

Men

1,107,026

1,790,262

683,236 (62%)

Women

632,535

1,204,286

571,751 (90%)

All employees

1,739,561

2,994,612

1,255,051 (72%)

Commuting 180 minutes or more per day

2004

2014

Change

Men

370,839

577,102

206,263 (56%)

Women

131,519

303,330

171,811 (131%)

All employees

502,358

880,432

378,074 (75%)

Long commutes by region

Regions/ nations

Commuting 120 mins or more per day 2014

Increase since 2004

Commuting 180 mins or more per day 2014

Increase since 2004

North East

60,994

16,290 (37%)

13,909

*(31%)

North West

255,487

102,999 (68%)

58,737

18,382 (46%)

Yorkshire and the Humber

183,014

69,300 (61%)

53,332

26,356 (98%)

East Mids

157,634

73,526 (87%)

44,239

(21%)

West Mids

187,820

75,621 (67%)

52,695

24,562 (87%)

Eastern

334,692

118,652 (55%)

101,236

18,256 (22%)

London

798,471

323,693 (68%)

143,595

50,555 (54%)

South East

542,396

275,510 (103%)

200,490

95,490 (91%)

South West

171,859

86,639 (102%)

47,135

15,041 (49%)

Wales

55,173

23,871 (76%)

16,315

*(43%)

Scotland

200,322

70,795 (55%)

55,036

25,054 (84%)

N Ireland

47,018

18,485 (65%)

10,510

*(97%)

UK

2,994,612

1,255,051 (72%)

880,432

378,074 (75%)

Long commutes by industry groups

Commuting 120 mins or more per day 2014

Increase since 2004

Commuting 180 mins or more per day 2014

Increase since 2004

Agriculture & fishing

10,504

*(152%)

*

*

Energy & water

54,829

25,440 (87%)

25,915

13,586 (110%)

Manufacturing

274,262

86,618 (46%)

88,450

31,947 (56%)

Construction

181,544

25,245 (16%)

64,514

*(17%)

Distribution, hotels & restaurants

383,513

159,945 (72%)

92,482

41,563 (82%)

Transport & communication

239,104

99,135 (71%)

70,653

21,429 (44%)

Banking, finance & insurance

828,938

350,500 (73%)

241,883

109,005 (82%)

Public administration, education & health

841,146

402,809 (92%)

230,622

112,075 (95%)

Other services

178,951

101,074 (130%)

60,476

37,817 (167%)

Total

2,994,612

1,255,051 (72%)

880,432

378,074 (75%)

– Travelling time a year is calculated on the basis of 220 days (44 five-day working weeks)

– More information about Commute Smart Week is available atwww.workwiseuk.org

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