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Britain’s longest commutes revealed

If you think your commute to work is bad, spare a thought for the three people who regularly drive from Cornwall to Shetland in Scotland – a journey up to 900 miles in length.

Fresh analysis of the 2011 Census by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the commuting habits of Brits, many of whom have to endure long journeys to bring in the bread. 11.3 million people who live in one area travel to work in another.

Some of the more bizarre commutes include one person who makes their way from Shetland to Plymouth, a round trip of 1,398 miles. Another travels from South Hams in Devon to Shetland. Amazingly, another commuter does the opposite trip. Job swap, anyone?

195 people travel to the Orkney islands above Scotland to bring in the bread, while eight people from Moray in northern Scotland travel to Cornwall in the South West of England. Three do the reverse, going from Cornwall to northern Scotland.

Northern Ireland has its fare share of unlucky (or maybe lucky) commuters. One person takes the 600-mile drive route from Derry to Devon, which is about as inconvenient as you can get. How good must their job me? 

London is where most commuters flock to. 867,630 people who live outside the area travel to the City of London and Westminster, 285 of which are from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 48 from the Scottish Highlands, two from Orkney and 187 from Northumberland, according to the Telegraph report. 

The majority of British workers head south to work, according to the figures, with many enduring the sort of journey reserved for a road trip through Europe. We’ll never complain about an hour in traffic again.


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