What Could Happen To Roads With Less Commuters

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Individuals are travelling further to get to work but the volume of commuters is falling as more staff work at home, according to official figures.

According to Census statistics, the average distance travelled to operate in England and Wales increased from 8.3 miles (13.4km) in 2001 to 9.32 miles (15km) in 2011.

Those living in the Midlands and south west England had the largest rise in average distance travelled between 2011 and 2001 - going an extra 1.36 miles (2.2km).

In 2011, commuters living in the east of England travelled furthest (10.34 miles/ 16.6km) while Londoners had the shortest average commutes - 6.83 miles (11km).

People working from home has risen

The number of people working mainly from home increased from 9.2% in 2001 to 10% in the year 2011, with a further 8% having no fixed place of work or working offshore.

As a result, only 81% made a regular commute in the year 2011 compared with 86% in 2001.

In both 2001 and 2011, men commuted further than woman. In 2001, 39% of males and 25% of females commuted over 6.2 miles (10km ).

By 2011, the rates of commuting such distances had increased to 42% for guys and 30% for females.

Professional workers more likely to commute

With the exception of those living in London, workers in managerial and professional occupations were very likely to commute 12.4 miles (20 km) or more.

The real difference with other occupation groups was not so noticeable for London residents, where skilled trade workers were most likely to commute 12.4 miles (20km) or more.

Full-time workers commuted longer distances this year than their part-time counterparts.

While 55% of part-time workers commuted below 3.6 miles (5km), 38% of full time workers did the same.

'UK business is getting on the road'

The figures came from work for National Statistics, which revealed today that the number of people aged 16 to 74 living in London who cycled to work more than doubled between 2001 and 2011, from 77,000 to 155,000.

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: These latest figures seem to confirm the trend shown in recent Department for Transport traffic statistics - that UK business is recovering and getting on the road, the workers a lot less so.

He went on: Although economic recovery has lifted motorway traffic 2.9% ever since the boom time of 2007, last year's traffic on rural main roads was down 2%, urban main roads was down 4%, rural minor roads was 6. per cent lower and traffic was 4.3% lower on urban minor roads.

A lot of this is caused by the lag between inflated pump wages and prices that have failed to keep pace.

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