Swinson: Brits spend as much time commuting as they do on holiday

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2009

Are you spending half your August Bank Holiday Monday stuck in a traffic jam? Well, just think of it as extra vacation. Lib Dem research has revealed that the average British commuter spends the equivalent of 23 working days per year travelling to and from work; a Londoners’ average yearly commute is 1,370 miles.

Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson, who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, comments:

Commuting is often an incredibly frustrating experience, whether you are on a crowded train platform staring at your watch, crammed on to a bus or tube train or stuck in a traffic jam. Even moderate commutes make people less happy – something the Government’s own research shows.

“It is incredible to think we spend as much time going to and from work as we do going on holiday. The Government should concentrate on easing the plight of commuters by investing in faster trains, fewer crowded carriages and more bus schemes.”

The story was picked up by the Telegraph here.