Commuters travel further to work

British
staff spend more time travelling to work than anyone else in Europe, according
to the RAC.

The
average commute in the UK is 45 minutes to cover 8.5 miles – a distance which
has risen by 17 per cent in the past 10 years.

Seventy
per cent of commuters outside London use a car to get to work, prompting Edmund
King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, to label the UK as a nation of
people wedded to their cars.

"We
have the longest commute in Europe and even if our commuting time doubled, most
of us would just shrug and leave more time for the journey," he said.

"Drivers
would rather sit in their cars twice as long rather than change jobs, move
house or change their work base."

The
research conducted by the RAC Foundation found that the reasons workers are
living further away from work include:


Like the area  28 per cent


Never thought about it 27 per cent


Have always lived there 16 per cent


To be near friends and family 8 per cent


Good housing 7 per cent


Good schools 7 per cent


Like to separate work and home 7 per cent


Easy journey 6 per cent

By Michael Millar

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