CBI: Employees lose over five days a year from commuting problems

8 Jan 2020 10:13 AM

A survey of 2,000 employees across the UK found that they lost, on average, 2.7 hours a week due to travel disruption or delays. This equates to 125 hours, or over 5 whole days, in the course of a working year.

As part of a new 18-month campaign called The Future of Commuting, the UK’s largest business group is working with KPMG to highlight the need to improve transport infrastructure across the UK, and make commuting greener, more affordable and more reliable for communities across the country.

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, yesterday said:

“As we head into a new year, and a new decade, commuters will be anxious to see what the new Government’s spending commitments will mean for them.

“Encountering delay and disruption far too often, employees up and down the UK want a cheaper, greener and more reliable commute.

“This will only be achieved by business and the Government working together to invest and deliver the right infrastructure, and make better use of existing capacity on our networks – from a plan for a more accountable rail system to expanding smart ticketing and promoting flexible working.”

Ed Thomas, Head of Transport at KPMG UK, yesterday said:

“The election saw a broad consensus between the parties around the importance of transport infrastructure and green investment.

“However, a number of these issues have been talked about for years and commuters now want to see this talk translate into action.

“Whether it be developing new models for funding and delivering transport infrastructure in the North and Midlands, simplifying our system of rail fares or determining how government and business can work together to meet the challenges posed by net-zero, transforming the experience of commuters is an area where the UK needs to build some real momentum.”


This figure is based on the 2019 CBI/Porter Novelli/Opinium survey that found that 2.7 hours per week are lost due to travel disruption and delays when commuting to/from work, and an assumption that on average employees work 46.4 weeks in a given year and therefore lose 125 hours on average. This figure is then adjusted for the number of hours in a day to reach 5.2 days.