- One in four Brits spend a month a year commuting
- A quarter of commuters spend up to 712 hours a year travelling to work
- One in four people use the car, take the train and walk to work daily
One in four Brits have to complete a triathlon-like commute the equivalent of a month a year (712 hours), battling traffic and overcrowded trains before pounding the pavements in order to get to and from work – not including delays – according to 3-in-1 transportation app Ubeeqo.
Driven to distraction
Train commuters have no choo-choo choice but to endure the longest travel time with the average worker spending more than two working weeks (11 days) in transit, compared to an average of 8.8 days for car drivers. When on foot the average person spends 53 minutes a day pounding the pavements in all weathers.
Over half of Brits commuting to work (56%) favour the car as 1 in 10 spend up to two hours a day on the road saving no time as 1 in 20 rail users also spend over two hours a day getting from A to B. All of this indicates that car sharing in order to reduce congestion might be the answer to these weary traveler’s prayers.
Bus is too much fuss
Of people who take the bus to work, only one in ten would describe it as their favourite way to travel. One in ten (14%) transport users take taxis frequently followed by bikes (6%) and tubes or metros (5%) to get to work.
Four in ten Brits (37%) state they tend not to use public transport to get to work, with cited problems bordering on the Dickensian including:
• The expense (20%)
• Time consuming routes (20%)
• Inefficiency (8%)
• Being too busy and overcrowded (6%)
• Dirty seats (3%)
One in five Brits (20%) say they’d rather choose to walk to work than take any other transport method.
Henrik Jensen, UK Managing Director of Ubeeqo, said of the findings,
“This data shows we are spending a huge amount of our lives on the way to or from work. However, there are now many options available to people to help them cut down their travel time and spend more on doing what they love.”
“Car users looking for broader options are embracing services like car clubs as an affordable way to have the flexibility of owning a car, without the added cost and which has also been seen to reduce congestion in our cities.”