Twenty-five million people in the UK commute to and from their place of work. Four million people now work from home and this trend is likely to continue. However, long distance commuting (i.e. above 50 miles a day) is also increasing. In the UK the average commuter travels for 58 minutes a day and one in ten commuters have a daily journey of over two hours. ‘Extreme commuters’, who travel at least three hours per day, account for 3% of all commuters.
In other words, in the UK:
- 5.3 million commuters travel more than 50 miles a day
- 2.5 million commuters travel over an hour each way
- 750,000 commuters travel over an hour and half each way
Sources: RAC Foundation May 2007
It is predicted that by 2016, up to 1.5 million Britons will live abroad but work in the UK. Overseas commuting does not necessarily mean weekly commuting in and out of the UK – most overseas commuters will travel in and out of their UK offices on a relatively infrequent basis – for example, they may negotiate packages at work which allow them to work remotely from home for three weeks out of every month.
Sources: Thomson 2016 Future Forum