A rush on daily commuting times

A rush on daily commuting times

"Miserable rush-hour journey" times are on the up, according to a new study.

Data collected by the TUC states that despite a fall-back during the recession, daily commuting times now average 54.6 minutes - almost five minutes more than 10 years ago.

Commuters are now spending an extra 4.5 days a year travelling to and from work, the TUC revealed.

Male commuters in their early 40s are spending the greatest amount of time to-ing and fro-ing, averaging 67 minutes a day, while women peak at 54 minutes in their late 20s but tend to move closer to work as they get older.

General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Long commutes are not always practical for those doing the nursery and school run, which is why mums tend to work closer to home. This move often involves them taking a huge pay cut too.

"Cutting the commute needn't mean cutting pay too. New technologies such as super-fast broadband and Skype should mean more workers are able to change the way they work, or work from home occasionally.

"This could reduce at least some of their costly and miserable rush-hour journeys."

RAC spokeswoman Sarah Rice said: "This is proof of the significance of the road network and vehicles to the economy as it corresponds with increased levels of productivity and growth.

"Having said that, with the average commuter on the road for nearly two hours a day getting to and from work, it is no wonder there is often a corresponding rise in accidents and breakdowns during this time.

"We urge motorists to give themselves plenty of time so that frustration with congestion does not cause stress levels to rise unnecessarily before they even get to their desks."

Copyright Press Association 2013