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Commutes getting longer due to soaring house prices

Three million people now spend more than two hours getting to and from work every day. Credit: PA

Commutes are getting longer as the housing crisis has forced workers to live further away from the office, according to a new TUC study.

The number of people spending more than two hours getting to and from work has jumped by 72% to three million in the past decade, it was revealed.

Women have suffered the most with a 131% rise in those travelling three hours or more since 2004, said the trade union.

The biggest increases in long commutes have been in the South East, South West, East Midlands and Wales.

The union said soaring rents and high house prices, coupled with the UK's "creaking" infrastructure were to blame.

More low paid workers are facing longer and costlier commutes just to get to work, it added.

More people being allowed to work from home would help beat overcrowding on trains. Credit: PA

General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It's bad enough most of us spend an hour a day getting to and from work , but spare a thought for those extreme commuters who travel for more than 10, or even 15, hours a week.

"Employers need to address the problem that many of their staff are spending an ever-increasing number of hours getting to and from work."

The TUC suggested flexi-working could be easily introduced to allow people to cut their commutes and save money.

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of campaign group Work Wise, said more people should be allowed to work from home in the age of the internet.

A Government spokesman said: "Government initiatives have helped more than 230,000 people to buy since 2010, and we are supporting record investment in transport infrastructure - more than £127bn between now and 2020.

"We have got Britain building again, with the latest figures showing that new homes are up by 9% on this time last year, as well as investing £15bn to increase the capacity and conditions of England's roads, and embarking on the most ambitious programme of rail upgrades since the Victorian era."

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