Love to gripe, don’t they? Colleagues who live around the corner, or who can walk, cycle or e-scooter to work probably think ‘Oh, this again’ every time those who spend the first minutes of their time in the office complaining about how terrible their journey was.
Yet, there’s good reason. With roads increasingly clogged – in March 2019, RAC reported there were over 38million vehicles licensed in the UK – and some of the worst train operators scoring one out of five for punctuality, alongside more fare rises coming in at the start of next year, commuters have it rough.
But, who has the most expensive commute? Is it those near the beating heart of the capital’s centre? Could it be those making their way across Surrey into the country’s economic centre? Could it be a rogue outsider – Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds?
Well, according to Ideal Flatmate, who has looked at how much a travelcard costs from commuter towns to major cities, alongside the cost of a year’s rent in these commuter towns, the most expensive commuter route is currently Oxford to London.
In fact, commuter towns heading into London account for the top five most expensive routes. Guildford, Brighton, Cambridge and Woking all have expensive rental and commuting costs.
Bath is the only commuter town outside of the capital to make the top ten.
Heading north, Harrogate is the most expensive commuter option to Leeds whilst living in Rugby is the most expensive commuter option to Birmingham.
Travelling into Liverpool from Warrington is the most expensive way into the famous dock’ city.
Co-Founder of Ideal Flatmate, Tom Gatzen, added that rising rental prices and travel costs are putting extra pressure on workers.
He said: “For many, the financial burden of renting is made all the worse by the additional costs of traveling to and from their place of work and with travel fares continuing to climb, this squeeze on affordability is only getting worse.
“To think that in the space of a year, the combined cost of renting and traveling has increased by as much as a thousand pounds in some places is quite crazy and highlights the tough task facing many of us when it comes to getting by.”
Previously, Office Space In Town CEO, Giles Fuchs added that commute times are also hitting staff.
He added: “It is clear from the findings of our Commuter Survey, that journeys to work are having a much bigger strain on their lifestyle, family life, wellbeing and productivity than perhaps initially imagined.
“It is increasingly important, therefore, that employers and businesses consider what they can be doing and offering to current and potential employees to help alleviate some of the pains of commuting. Ultimately, this will create cultivate a happier, more successful and productive workforce.”
Research from his firm found that over one third of commuters now have a 90 minute or longer commute per day.