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London commute times getting significantly worse

New figures show there has been a sharp rise in the number of Londoners spending a significant portion of their day getting to and from work.

Nearly 800,000 Londoners spend more than 2 hours a day commuting to work Credit: PA

In the capital, nearly 800,000 people spend two or more hours commuting to work - a 68% increase over the past decade.

There has also been a 54% increase in the number of Londoners spending three or more hours getting to and from work each day.

The analysis of Office of National Statistics figures has been released by the Trade Union Congress (TUC), which is calling on employers to help address the issue.

More home and flexi-working could easily be introduced to allow people to cut their commutes and save money. This would not only be popular with workers, but fewer, better-spaced journeys would help to beat overcrowding on the roads and railways.

– Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary

The figures have been released to coincide with the start of Commute Smart Week, which is organised by Work Wise UK.

Across the whole of the UK, the analysis shows the biggest increase is among female workers.

Over the past decade, there has been a 90% increase in the number of women spending more than two hours a day getting to work.

Despite the increase, men still spend longer on average getting to work. The latest figures show men spend an average of 61.8 minutes commuting per day, while women spend 50.8 minutes.