Journeys to work will be even longer in the future

The
future will bring ever-longer commutes to work for the 29 million people living
in England’s suburbs, according to a new report.

The
Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has warned of an increase in
journey-to-work times from an average of 25 minutes to 35 minutes by 2021.

ITC
chairman, Patrick Brown, said that transport policies tailored to suburban
workers were urgently needed.

"Governments
have concentrated on improving access to city centres and on long-distance
inter-city road and rail routes,” he said.

Second
to driving, walking is the next most popular mode of travel in the suburbs. The
report said that buses and trains are used for only 8 per cent of journeys.

By Michael Millar

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