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PS_RalphW



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:01 pm    Post subject: commuting distances. Reply with quote

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2016/jun/08/how-far-distance-workers-commute-uk-cities-mapped

Hmm.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's also a comment on the ludicrous level of house prices in London and the fact that, relatively speaking, transport cost aren't too high for many people.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since most people are after any job, or a better job - it's actually a reflection that the employers don't give a toss about locality of candidates. The gov could vary employers tax, maybe NI, based on the travelling distance of employees, but gov's are too incompetent.

Try living in a small town near a big city. The jobs will be taken by city dwellers, forcing the town residents to drive to the city for what's left.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can only comment on my own experience most of which has been spent in the building industry. I first started in the 1980 and I always had to commute the five miles from home to the firms yard . That was either by my own vehicle , pushbike or by getting a lift . Public transport didn't get a look in as it simply didn't run early enough. It was used very very occasionally to get back home. Once at the yard I would pick up a firms vehicle as either a driver or passenger. Larger sites would have a minibus so up to 13 of us in one van. At the start 60 miles was considered the longest daily journey , anything longer requiring lodgings. That changed when we had a job 70 miles away and slowly crept up over the next three decades until by 2009/10 I was travelling from Lichfield Staffordshire to Monmouth in South Wales daily , give or take a hundred miles. Longer distances were still travelled weekly but lodged during that week although again there were exceptions. I lodged in Windermere for around 18 months but when a couple of guys went for maintainance they travelled daily .
I have noticed in recent times that the use of minibuses seems to be on the decline and the use of agency workers and sub contractors is on the rise each tending to travel to a job on their own. I've been on jobs where there are as many vans parked up as there are bodies on the job.
Nowadays , however , I am self employed , handyman type of thing , and while I'm driving my own vehicle more than I did previously I now don't travel more than 15 miles from home and the vast majority of my work is within 6 or 7 miles.
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