Two hour daily commutes rise by almost 10% in the South West
The number of people in the West Country with daily commutes of at least two hours has gone up by almost 10% over the last five years.
The research, by the South West Trade Unions Congress, show more than 60% of these commuters are men, but the number of women commuting long distances is continuing to rapidly increase.
Solicitor Nick Seymour who travels from Exeter to Bristol four days a week and from Exeter to Cardiff one day a week.
It's thought the growth in long commutes in sectors like education, and health and social care - where high numbers of women work - may explain the rise.
The biggest groups of workers commuting for two hours or more are:
Health and social workers
Public administration and defence workers
Retail and wholesale workers
Workers travelling to work by motorcycle have seen their daily commute increase the most, followed by taxi-users, cyclists, motorists and rail commuters.
On the otherside, commute times for those using buses have fallen.
The South West TUC believes the increase in travelling times may be explained by:
stagnant wages combined with soaring rents and high house prices leaving many workers unable to move to areas closer to their jobs.
the lack of investment in roads and railways increasing journey times.