1 in 4 Brits spend a month a year commuting to work

1 in 4 Brits spend a month a year commuting to work

One in four Brits spend a total of 712 hours each year – equivalent to one month –commuting to work.

According to data from transport app Ubeeqo, train commuters endure the longest travel time with the average worker spending more than two working weeks (eleven days) travelling, compared to an average of 8.8 days for car drivers over the course of a year.

Those on foot get to beat the crowds and meet their daily exercise goals, with the average person spending 53 minutes a day. One in five Brits said they’d choose walking to work over other transport methods.

Of those unable to travel by foot, over half (56%) favoured driving in, despite one in ten spending up to two hours a day behind the wheel.

Avoiding the ‘bus rush’ as an alternative, just one in ten described it as their favourite way to travel. 14% opted for taxis, followed by bikes (six per cent) and tubes or metros (five per cent) to get to work.

Unhappy with UK public transport, 37% said they avoid it altogether, citing the following as problems putting them off: expense (20%), time consuming routes (20%), inefficiency (eight per cent), being too busy and overcrowded (six per cent) and dirty seats (three per cent).

Henrik Jensen, UK Managing Director of Ubeeqo, comments: “This data shows we are spending a huge amount of our lives on the way to or from work. However, there are now many options available to people to help them cut down their travel time and spend more on doing what they love.”

“Car users looking for broader options are embracing services like car clubs as an affordable way to have the flexibility of owning a car, without the added cost and which has also been seen to reduce congestion in our cities.”

Recently we spoke to Jeff Michon, Managing Director at Michon, about the benefits of making flexible working work for everyone: “When it comes to giving staff the freedom to manage their own time, many companies are reluctant to stray from the rigid nine-to-five framework. Working from home, flexi-time and job shares have too often been seen as a headache for employers, who might be concerned about productivity, keeping track of people’s different hours or ensuring someone is always on hand for clients.

“Today’s technology – particularly faster broadband speed – makes it easier than ever for people to work outside the office at a time to suit them.

“But rather than simply being a perk for staff, a policy like this can also help businesses to flourish. For us, one of the most important benefits is that we can now tap into a wider talent pool when recruiting new members to the team, paving the way for a more diverse workforce.  

“Ultimately, implementing flexible working practices must never be at the expense of the business, and managers should always ensure there are ground rules in place. But when the whole team understands what is expected of them, and can take ownership of their work, the results can be astonishing.”


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