The amount of time most people in the UK spend commuting to and from work everyday has fallen for the first time in a decade, it has been discovered.
According to figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), there has been a one per cent decline in the number of workers spending at least an hour a day travelling, which the union says is "heartening".
In London the statistics are even better, with 40 per cent of people making hour-long commutes, down from 47 per cent.
It is thought this could be due to increased use of flexible working schemes.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "It's vital that concerns about the economy do not deter employers from introducing flexible working, which could ease the strain for hard-pressed workers while delivering real benefits for business."
Speaking to the German Financial Times, Carolyn Axtell from the University of Sheffield advises that commuters can use the time constructively to do work they would normally conduct in the evening or at weekends.