Suburban commuting times to rise by 10 minutes

The time taken to travel to work from the suburbs will rise from an average of 25 minutes now to 35 minutes by 2021, according to a study by the Independent Transport Commission.

The time taken to travel to work from the suburbs will rise from an average of 25 minutes now to 35 minutes by 2021, according to a study by the Independent Transport Commission.

On average, England's 29 million suburbanites use cars for almost two thirds of all journeys, the report found. Walking is the next most popular mode of travel, with buses and trains used for only 8 per cent of journeys. The average suburbanite travels 6,531 miles a year. In 2001, a quarter of suburban households had no car compared with almost half of households who had no cars in urban areas. The report said that about 40 per cent of all road travel was in England's suburbs and this may grow by more than a fifth by 2021. People in the suburbs spend just over £25 a week on average for all forms of travel, compared with £26.62 for those in urban areas.

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