reducing the commute

by Katie Ledger on November 6, 2008 · 2 comments

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Thought this was interesting from The Independent

“The number of workers spending more than an hour travelling to the office has fallen for the first time in a decade, suggesting that “smarter” schemes such as flexi-time were having an effect, new research showed today. A study by the TUC showed a 1% fall between 2006 and 2007 on the number of employees with commuter times of at least an hour.

Could it be that some of those people have decided there is another way to live and work?

 

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1 Jo November 7, 2008 at 5:30 am

Until I moved to the UK I had always managed to live within a 1.5km radius of my workplace – a 10-20minute walk was my rule.

Know I do a 2.5 hour commute each way. And I get on the train when it is full – other people come from a lot further and possibly go a lot further at the other end.

I am working to change that – for myself initially. People spend similar times moving around at weekends. I like to joke the British love it when the sun comes out because then they have an excuse to sit in a traffic jam on the motorway. We are wasting our lives!

It strikes me that this is the foundation of a political ‘big idea’ – rejig the economy to provide quality of life.

2 Katie Ledger November 7, 2008 at 7:56 am

You would like to think there is someone in govt who is enlightened about these issues. Technology is a great first step. I now work for a large IT company – sometimes from my home office, sometimes at their HQ but some meetings can be done on phone or Instant Messenger video link.And its free !

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