Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The decline of the commute

Despite the average distance travelled to work increasing, a smaller proportion of workers made a regular commute in 2011 (81%) than they did 10 years ago (86%), according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics gathered from the most recent census.

This was caused largely by the fact that the number of people who worked from home increased by a quarter.

However, interestingly, commuters now travel further to work than 10 years ago (see graph above). Commuters in the Midlands and the South West had the largest increase in average distance travelled to work at 2.2km further than in 2001, while those in the East of England travelled the furthest to work on average, at 17.3km. Commuters in only four regions travelled, on average, further than 16km to work in 2011, those in the East of England, Wales, South East and North East.
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