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South Lanarkshire Long Commuters
Residents of South Lanarkshire have one of the longest commutes in Scotland.
You might agree with the latest government figures if you have been stuck in roadworks any time recently.
The Office for National Statistics have revealed it takes people in South Lanarkshire an average of 29 minutes to get to their work.
In neighbouring North Lanarkshire, the average commute is 26 minutes.
Only three of Scotland’s 32 local authorities have a longer commute – East Dunbartonshire (35 minutes), East Lothian (35 minutes), East Ayrshire (33 minutes), Edinburgh (32 minutes) and Perth and Kinross (31 minutes).
However, residents from some parts of Scotland enjoy some of the shortest commutes to work in Britain.
Residents of the Orkney Islands travel for 12.4 minutes on average to get to work, the shortest travel time in Britain.
People in Eilean Siar are travelling for an average of 13 minutes on their way to work, also among the shortest journeys.
And things are also slightly better for people in North Lanarkshire, where the average commute is 26 minutes.
The figures are based on responses to the UK Government’s Labour Force Survey from October to December 2015. They cover people over 16 who are in employment and who don’t work from home.
People who live in Epsom and Ewell have the longest commutes in Britain, travelling for 48.1 minutes on average to get to work in 2015.
In comparison, residents of Weymouth and Portland travel for 11.5 minutes on average to get to work, the shortest travel time in Britain.
Drivers in Lanarkshire have been contending with the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project since work began in February 2014, and it is scheduled for completion by spring 2017.
When complete, the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project will significantly reduce congestion across the central Scotland motorway network, as well as improve the travel time reliability between the main route of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Road users travelling between the two cities will benefit by shaving almost 20 minutes off the daily commute; which equates to an annual saving of a week spent behind the wheel commuting.