UK workers now need to make longer commutes than ever before

UK workers now need to make longer commutes 9th November 2015

A lack of investment in the infrastructure of the UK is meaning more people having to drive for longer than ever before to get to work, a new survey has claimed. 

In the last few years, a growing commuter population has left British roads 'creaking', according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which has meant busier roads, and people taking much longer to get to work because of a lack of investment in new roads. 

The TUC said that more than three million people across the UK are now spending more than two hours a day on their commute to work. It added that this represents growth of 72 per cent in terms of time spent on the road when compared to just a decade ago. 

The South East, South West, East Midlands and Wales have seen the biggest increase in long commutes over the decade, while women have seen a surprisingly larger rise in time spent getting to work, climbing by 131 per cent in ten years. 

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said that employers across the nation could make the congestion problems on the road better if they simply opt to allow more flexible working practices and working from home. 

If fewer people are driving to work at traditional times of the day, then it would greatly help reduce the amount of cars on the roads, which would in turn cut the average time spent on the road for Brits. 

For those who are commuting to work, making sure your car is in top shape to handle the commute will be vitally important. In winter months in particular, it will make sense, for example, to ensure you check and replace any faulty wiper blades, as driving close to other cars on a rush hour road can lead to dirt and debris being kicked up onto the windscreen throughout your journey. 

Posted by Danielle Barge