The daily commute is getting even longer

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The number of commuters in the region spending more than three hours travelling to and from work has almost doubled, according to the TUC’s analysis of official figures.

The data for Yorkshire and the Humber shows that the number of people undertaking long commutes has risen sharply.

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In 2014, more than 50,000 commuters in the region spent three hours or more travelling a day – up by 98 per cent from 2004. Our figures are the highest in the country.

UK-wide, the number of commuters travelling for 180 minutes or more has jumped by 75 per cent, from 500,000 to 880,000 over the last decade.

The union says women employees have borne the brunt of this growth in long commuting, with a 90 per cent rise in those travelling for two hours or more each day and a 131 per cent increase in those travelling three hours or more since 2004.


Research has shown that long commutes reduce life satisfaction, says the TUC, It adds while there is a tendency for those who have long commutes to have above average earnings, the huge rise in those in the service sector travelling for more than two or three hours a day means that more low-paid workers are facing longer and costlier commutes just to get to work.

TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams said: “It’s bad enough most of us spend an hour a day getting to and from work – but spare a thought for those extreme commuters who travel for more than 10, or even 15, hours a week.

“Employers need to address the problem that many of their staff are spending an ever-increasing number of hours getting to and from work.

“More home and flexi-working could easily be introduced to allow people to cut their commutes and save money. This would not only be popular with workers, but fewer, better-spaced journeys would help to beat overcrowding on the roads and railways.”