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UK graduates face second longest commute in Europe
Monday, 29 October 2007
Life after graduation
UK workers, including graduates, face the second longest average commute to in Europe, according to research released to mark the start of National Commute Smart Week.
Figures, published by the Work Wise UK initiative, revealed that the average daily commute for a UK worker is 54 minutes, while one in ten commuters face a daily journey in excess of two hours.
The survey also revealed that three per cent of UK workers face an 'extreme commute', travelling for more than three hours every day to and from work.
Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, said: "If everyone travelled one day per week outside peak hours, commuters during peak hours would drop by 20 per cent, or if everyone worked just one day every other week from home, overall commuting would drop by ten per cent.
"We have all seen what the impact could be on the roads and public transport," he added, citing the lower number of people travelling over the summer due to school holidays and annual leave.
Earlier this year Work Wise UK called for an extension of flexible working practices across UK companies to allow increased home-working