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Workers in Craven face among the longest commutes


7:03am 4th August 2017
(Updated 9:24am 4th August 2017)

Workers in Craven are experiencing some of the longest commutes anywhere in the UK outside of London.

Analysis of official figures by the GMB Union shows commuters in the district are taking an average of 42 minutes to get to work.

Only local authority areas in, or around, London saw higher journey times.

In comparison, a typical commute in Harrogate takes an average of 24 minutes. The highest was in Richmond upon Thames at 50 minutes.

The study also shows how, across the UK, average journey times to work have slowed down.

Workers who commute by car spent up to 14 extra hours behind the wheel last year.

Journey times were even worse by rail and bus, both experiencing about 18 extra hours a year.

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary, said:

"A couple of minutes on your journey to work might not sound like much to some people, but that works out at 14 hours a year stuck in traffic instead of being at home with loved ones.

“This isn’t just bad for commuters and the economy – it’s a huge strain on the people who build and maintain our transport infrastructure, as well as public transport workers like our members in the bus industry.

“The slowdown is partly down to a runaway housing market and employers placing ever more unreasonable demands on people’s working patterns.

“But it’s also the responsibility of Tory Ministers who have slashed funding for fixing our pothole-ridden local roads, cut subsidies for local buses and broken their promises for investment in our roads and railways.

“These shocking figures are also yet more proof that so-called ‘flexible working’ is often anything but, with agency and shift workers facing much longer average commutes than people on permanent contracts.

“Longer commutes are a huge detriment to ordinary workers, who are already facing real-terms pay cuts, pension scheme devaluations, extra hours and worsened job security when they do get to work.

“If this Government really cares about helping ‘ordinary working families’ then it must urgently sort out the commuter hell that is keeping Britain in the slow lane.”

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