Drivers in Yorkshire and the Humber face longest commute to work

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by KCFM

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Commuters travelling for more than three hours in Yorkshire and the Humber has increased by 98% over the last ten years.

Our region’s seen the biggest rise in the UK, with many of us spending up to 15 hours a week commuting to work.

The union organisation, the TUC, is blaming high housing costs and a lack of spending on roads and railways.

TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams says: “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.”

Work Wise UK’s Chief Executive Phil Flaxton says: “With some 25 million commuters regularly going to a fixed place of work, Commute Smart Week reminds us that we have an opportunity to change our attitudes and thinking in relation to long commutes.

“Are we really prepared to move into winter with the same anticipated long and often disrupted commutes? Or, are we going to change the way we work by commuting less with the aid of internet and mobile technologies.

“Employers should grasp this opportunity by changing the way employees work and commute and introduce more flexibility to cut out these restrictive influences on business performance as well as the wellbeing of their employees.”

KCFM

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by KCFM

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