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Workers £37,000 travelling to and from work during careers

Workers spend more than £37,000 travelling to and from work during their careers – But nearly half of them ENJOY the commute because they get rare time to themselves

  • Research by YouGov for Lloyds Bank found employees spends around an hour each day commuting
  • Workers spend almost 500 days travelling to and from work during a career
  • Getting to and from work costs almost £800 a year for typical worker, putting lifetime cost at £37,399 

Workers spend almost 500 days travelling to and from work during a career – costing them more than £37,000.

But nearly half of those who slog in to offices, factories, shops and warehouses every day actually enjoy the commute because it gives them rare time to themselves, according to a report.

The research, conducted by YouGov for Lloyds Bank, found that the average employee spends more than an hour each working day commuting.

Workers spend almost 500 days travelling to and from work during a career – costing them more than £37,000. Above: A crowded Waterloo station

And from the age of 18 to the traditional retirement point of 65, that adds up to 492 days’ worth of travelling – around a year and four months.

Getting to and from work costs almost £800 a year for a typical worker, putting the lifetime cost at £37,399 – well in excess of the average family’s disposable yearly income of £28,400.

But for many commuters time spent on the road is far from wasted. Some 47 per cent said that they liked their daily journeys as it gives them a chance to unwind undisturbed by partners or children.

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