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The unforgiving hour: what our longer commutes are really costing us

Regardless of where you live and how you travel, the length of a commute has increased over the past decade—at the expense of our time, health and happiness

By Alex Collinson  

The average UK commute now takes almost an hour. Photo: Pexel/Prospect comoisute

Every morning I wake up, wash, dress, eat some breakfast, and then spend roughly fifty minutes dragging, jostling and shimmying my groggy body onto trains and through crowds and into work. I hate commuting, and I am not alone. Commuting is, pretty much everyone agrees, an absolute dirge.

It also takes up a big chunk of our lives. TUC analysis has shown that the total average UK commute takes up just less than an hour per day (58.4 minutes).…

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