Recently, countless headlines have focused on how dreadful large sections of rail-based commuting have become in the UK.

Thousands of commuters are still struggling with services across the north of England and the south of England after a new timetable came into effect three weeks ago.

The boss of Govia Thameslink, who own the Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern franchises, has even resigned as a result of the disruption many commuters are facing.

Commuters who use the routes said trains were dangerously overcrowded and that, as a result of overcrowding and a lottery-like approach to trains turning up or not, many people were falling into each other.

Speaking to the BBC one commuter, Fabrizio Garguulo, described Thameslink as a “poor excuse for a train service”.

AA president and Thameslink season ticket holder Edmund King said it had gone beyond a joke, adding: “If this sorry performance continues, more passengers will give up on the railways and take to the congested roads.”

With so much focus on rail commuting, and the impact felt by individuals and businesses, Expert Market’s research into where in the UK is best and worst to commute has arrived in a timely fashion.

Sean Julliard, Researcher at the firm, said the results won’t surprise those who have to commute.

He said: “It won’t come as a surprise to many people that the UK’s capital fared badly in our study.

“As we touched on above, the average cost of a monthly travel card is £132.

“This accounts for the highest percentage of monthly earnings (5.63%) in any of the European cities we looked at, with the exceptions of Istanbul and Saint Petersburg.”

However, he added there was a small bit of optimism. “If there’s one crumb of comfort that Londoners can take from all this it’s that people in Birmingham and Manchester spend on average five and 10 minutes longer commuting each day. Small victories, eh?”

 

 

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