Gloucester commuters 'grumpiest'

A new survey suggests that passengers in Gloucester are the grumpiest in the UK, while in Chelmsford commuters are deemed more courteous.

Badoo, a social network website, questioned 2,000 people and discovered that more than eight in 10 people (86%) in the Essex town were more likely to give up their seats to the most needy - compared with just 23% of those in Gloucester who were less chivalrous.

More than half (56%) of the study's participants said they often smiled at strangers they pass while on their way to work, and a further 44% said they started a chat with people travelling next to them. The report also said that the friendliest passengers could be found in cities such as Cardiff, Aberdeen and Oxford.

However, two-fifths (42%) of the respondents prefer to read or listen to music while travelling. Overall 48% of passengers in London named as the most likely to shy away from communicating with other commuters.

Using ajourney planner is one way to stay calm by finding the best route available before embarking on a journey.

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