Employees call for congestion charging across UK

Workers
outside London are calling for a congestion charges to be introduced across the
country to relieve worsening travel conditions, according to research.

The
Travel to Work survey of more 6,000 workers across the UK finds many staff feel
increasing transport problems could be reduced in their cities if a charge was
introduced similar to the one in London.

Almost
half (46 per cent) are now late for work at least once a week, up 6 per cent on
last year, and one in five (19 per cent) miss more than an hour week, up 7 per
cent.

From
Birmingham to Belfast, Glasgow to Gloucester almost a third of workers (31 per
cent) think the introduction of congestion charging would improve their journey
to work – if the money was reinvested in public transport – while only 22 per
cent are against congestion charges.

The
reed.co.uk survey study reveals that the weekly work time missed by the average
UK employee has risen by seven minutes in the past year to 25 minutes, costing
British businesses more than £6bn in lost productivity.

By Ben Willmott

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