Canterbury named the worst place in Kent for commuters

Nearly two years ago when the mass migration to working from home happened in response to the first lockdown, one thing people were thankful for was an end to the daily commute.

The safety of home for remote workers meant less to worry about in terms of exposure to COVID, as well as an end to early starts when the office moved into the spare room or the kitchen.

Though now offices are opening back up and this could be bad news for those starting to commute again from certain Kent locations.

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Car insurance experts at Uswitch analysed a number of countries, towns, and cities to discover where the best places are to live if you commute.

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In doing this research they considered average commute time and the cost of getting to work, as well as finding out where the ‘greenest’ commute is based on the number of electric vehicles and charging points.

Canterbury was ranked the worst place in Kent for commuters coming in 41st out of 68 in the national study and scoring an overall 5.04 out of 10.

This was calculated based on a median commute time of 20.3 minutes, a score of 413 electric vehicles per 100,000 residents, and only 39 public charging points per 100,000.

It also took into consideration the emissions per capita (tCO2) which stands at 3.3 and found the average monthly public transport pass cost is £96.74.

Uswitch car insurance expert Florence Codjoe said: “After nearly two years of lockdowns and working from home, the world is finally beginning to open up again.

The council will encourage bus companies to ensure their vehicles are environmentally friendly
The council will encourage bus companies to ensure their vehicles are environmentally friendly

“This means across the globe many of us are heading back into the office and having to deal with the stress of the daily commute.

“It’s interesting to see our research reveals Ireland and the UK are the two worst countries in the world for commuting.

“The UK scores poorly across the board – from high transport costs to long an average commute time,” she added.

“It will be interesting to see if the daily commute improves over the coming years, with more countries adopting a hybrid way of working, which in turn should hopefully see the average commute time and stress of traveling decrease.”

Article Source: Kent Live