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Fifth of Brits can’t commute by public transport

UK commuters remain reliant on cars to get to work with new research indicating that a fifth (20%) would be unable to get to work using only public transport.

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More than six million Brits (12%) live more than five miles away from their nearest railway station.

The survey from Direct Line found Welsh workers have the hardest time commuting without a car, with nearly a third (30%) saying they can’t get to work by relying solely on public transport. This compares to 27% for people living in Northern Ireland and 25% for those in the South West.

Travelling by train is not an easy solution for many, with more than six million Brits (12%) living more than five miles away from their nearest railway station. On average, people in the East Midlands live the furthest from their closest station, with the typical resident facing a 3.2-mile trek to the train. Last month saw the Government announce plans to reopen some train lines and offer more commuter lines as part of its newly published Strategic Vision for Rail.

The Direct Line research also found some people simply don’t like using public transport. Analysis of the reasons why found a fifth (20%) are discouraged by the expense, and 16% are put off by the lack of service. Over one million adults across the UK admit that the lack of cleanliness on public transport deters them from using the service.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.