Census reveals some UK commuters travel 900 miles to work



It's the time of year when the morning commute is perhaps a little less stressful than usual. Many people are on holiday, the schools have broken up for the summer and (freak hailstorms aside) the weather shouldn't be causing too many problems.

However, there is a significant group of people for whom the journey to work will still be an ordeal.

Figures just released after analysis of the 2011 census have revealed that some workers travel up to 900 miles to get to their workplace. And that more than 11 million of us travel daily from one part of the country to another.

The Daily Telegraph today reports how commuting has come to dominate life in scores of towns across the UK. Areas such as Epping Forest and Epsom 'export' more than 40 per cent of their working-age population to the capital every day. And the figure is more than 20 per cent in another 23 local authority areas.

But perhaps the most startling aspect of the findings is the revelation that there seems to be no limit to the distances workers are prepared to commute.
For instance, three people regularly travel to Shetland from Cornwall, a round trip of roughly 1800 miles. And in the Orkney Islands there are workers from Wandsworth, Swansea and Norfolk!

The figures show that although almost 19,000 people regularly leave Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to work elsewhere, around 13,000 make the opposite journey, including, according to the Telegraph, 10 people from the Scottish Highlands, six from Aberdeenshire, 22 from Northumberland and 24 from the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Other interesting stats? Well, turning to Northern Ireland, one person makes the journey to Londonderry from Devon and another two make their way from Kent to Fermanagh.

But there's no question which location in the UK draws in the most commuters every day: London. A total of 867,630 people live outside the capital and regularly travel in, reports the Telegraph.