Why the daily commute is getting longer


How long is too long when it comes to the daily commute?According to latest statistics, the length of time that commuters in London are spending on the tube, bus or however they get to work is increasing.
The number of employees who now face daily commutes of two hours or more has risen by nearly a fifth in the past five years, according to data released from the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Figures show that last year, there were 930,612 people working in London who were spending two hours or more getting to and from work. In 2010, there were 136,539 commuting for such a long time.
In the UK as a whole, there were more than 3.7 million people who spent two hours or more commuting.
One in seven workers is now spending two hours or more travelling to work, while that was one in nine in 2010.
Employees in Northern Ireland are experiencing the biggest rise in commuting times, up by a huge 57 per cent.
The union put the increase in the daily commute down to people facing rising rents and high house prices at a time when wages aren’t increasing. That means many people cannot afford to move closer to their place of work, even if they wanted to.
TUC officials also said that a lack of investment in roads and railways meant that the systems were struggling, leading to delays in commuters getting to work.
The union’s regional secretary for London, Megan Dobney, said different ways of working were needed.
She said: “More home and flexible-working would allow people to cut their commutes and save money. But if we are to reduce the pain of traffic jams and train delays, ministers need to invest more in public transport and our roads.”
Meanwhile, a separate piece of research, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the impact the daily commute was having on daily life.
The survey found that commuters were more likely to feel anxious, dissatisfied, and with a lack of meaning in their daily activities. It said that every extra minute spent travelling to and from work made people feel worse.
The report added: Given the loss of personal wellbeing generally associated with commuting, the results suggest that other factors such as higher income or better housing may not fully compensate the individual commuter for the negative effects associated with travelling to work and that people may be making sub-optimal choices.”

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Sam Dunis
Sam comes from Edinburgh and grew up with his mother and step-dad. His father left the country when he learnt he was going to be a father. Sam never had the opportunity to see him and still wonders what he looks like. School wasn’t his thing, he would rather spend sometime with his friends, play rugby and chat girls up. Sam used to help his step dad, a plumber, during summertime. After doing it for several years, he realized he could work with his father and hopefully take over the family business when his step-father would retire. Sam spends most of his time off taking care of his mother, training with the local rugby team. Sam doesn’t have any girlfriend at the moment. He is therefore going out every weekends.