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Northern Ireland workers experience biggest rise in commuting times, study shows

Published 18/11/2016

More people face long journeys to work, a TUC study shows
More people face long journeys to work, a TUC study shows

Workers in Northern Ireland have experienced the biggest rise in commuting times, a new study has found.

Research by the union organisation TUC has revealed the number of UK employees with daily commutes to and from work of two hours or more has jumped by almost a third over the past five years.

Workers in Northern Ireland have experienced the biggest rise in commuting times, followed by those in the South East and East of England, said the TUC.

More people have a long journey to work, with an estimated 3.7million now commuting for over two hours a day.

The figures who found that the proportion of workers travelling two hours or more to and from work every day has risen from one in nine to one in seven.

More women have long journeys to get to work, especially in sectors such as education, health and social care, said the report.

Commuting times for workers using buses or London Underground have fallen by up to five minutes a day, while increasing for other forms of transport such as rail or car, the study revealed.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "None of us like spending ages getting to and from work. Long commutes eat into our family time and can be bad for our working lives too.

"Employers cannot turn a blind eye to this problem. 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. Next week's Autumn Statement is the perfect opportunity to do this."

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