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Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 3:18 AM


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I travel about 38 miles (61km) to the office and back each day. This journey takes approximately 1:30hrs in the morning and about 50minutes on the way home. This is terrible. Some days its taken 3.5 hours to do the journey in the morning!

For those of you in the UK my daily commute involves travelling up/down the M62 from Manchester to Leeds!!!!

Its the one thing that really frustrates me about my job. I love everything about it apart from the commute!

So that got me thinking - are there any people out there with a worse drive to the office?

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Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 4:44 AM


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I catch a train, so no...

However, should I decide to drive in one day then I would imagine that getting into Piccadilly Circus in the West End of London at rush hour would be less than pleasent. I can't actually think of a route that would not involve endless hours of sitting bumper to bumper.
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Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 4:49 AM
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I don't drive to work, but spend over an Hour on the tube (if there are no delays) and in this heat it getting a bit unberable...
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Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 5:30 AM


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I feel for you guys. I couldnt sit on a train/tube for an hour with no air conditioning!! Especially stood up with people barging into you all the time.

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Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 5:47 AM


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You soon learn to work out which trains are less crowded and at what times the newer trains with air conditioning leave the station!

The older trains with no air con suck on hot days...If it's a hot day, I'll go grab a beer and wait for the next train that has air con!
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Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 6:55 AM
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I drive 20 miles which takes about 35-45 minutes in outer NW London/Hertfordshire, or I can drive to the other office which is 10 miles into W London - and that takes an hour!

I find that if I get delayed by even 5 minutes then I start to go potty!



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Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 11:09 AM


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I used to drive 40 miles each way in my last job. Used to drive me nuts when there was a crash on the M3. That sucked.

However, considering the petrol prices now, I'm kind of relieved I only pay £200 for train fares each month. I was spending £200 a month in petrol about 2 years ago. I can't imagine what it would cost me now.

Anyways....The last commute of the weekend is starting now.....via the pub :)
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Posted Monday, July 7, 2008 4:33 AM
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I drive 40 miles each way .. its like a buffer between home and work in my own world etc ! I dont mind the drive its the cost of petrol now thats making it a pain .. but thats the same for us all I guess


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Posted Monday, July 7, 2008 4:56 AM


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Two hours & three trains each way: Reading -> Virginia Water -> Weybridge -> Surbiton (Reading -> Basingstoke -> Surbiton as backup route). WFH two days a week so it ain't too bad. I used the tube for 15 years before moving to Reading a couple of years ago. The tube is horrible: in this day and age there are still people who appear to think that bathing once or twice a week is acceptable. Not in the summer it isn't

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Posted Monday, July 7, 2008 4:59 AM
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yeah I think Id trade longer travel times for a couple of days WFH a week .. especially the way the oil worlds going


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