Millions of commuters travelling over two hours every day

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Millions of commuters travelling over two hours every day

According to new research by the TUC, around 3.7 million people in the UK now commute for over two hours every day.

The proportion of workers facing a daily commute of two hours or more has risen from one in nine, to one in seven, the RAC reports.

The union organisation said that the number of employees travelling two hours or more has grown by almost a third over the past five years.

When it came to the regions of the UK that experienced the biggest rise in commuting times, workers in Northern Ireland saw the largest increase, followed by those in the South East and East of England.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady is calling on employers to offer more flexible working hours in order to reduce their employees' journey time.

O'Grady said: "None of us like spending ages getting to and from work. Long commutes eat into our family time and can be bad for our working lives too.

"Employers cannot turn a blind eye to this problem. More home and flexible-working would allow people to cut their commutes and save money."

O'Grady added that, in order to reduce congestion and train delays, more investment is needed in public transport and the country's roads.

Chief executive of Work Wise, Phil Flaxton, said that a 9-to-5 working culture is causing congestion on railways, underground and road networks, which increases stress for commuters.

Flaxton added: "Clearly the Government, public transport providers and employers must do more in order to address the major negative impact on the UK's economy and lost productivity."

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