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Newport ‘worst city’ in Wales for commuting, finds study


The research conducted by analysed local authorities to find the best and worst places and regions for commuting

Newport has long since had a reputation as a hotspot for commuters, though that could be set to change.

Given its proximity to Cardiff and Bristol, and on a direct train line to London, the city has long been seen as a great place to live, for those looking to travel elsewhere.

But, a new study has found that Newport is actually the worst city in Wales for commuting, and one of the worse UK wide.

The research conducted by analysed local authorities to find the best and worst places and regions for commuting.

They looked at a variety of factors, ranging from average commute time and cost of getting to work, to green factors such as the number of electric vehicles and charging points.

Considering these metrics, Newport is the 10th worst place in the UK for commuting.

According to the research, the average cost of a monthly travel pass in the city is £30, while the average commute time is 17.8 minutes.

UK wide, Stafford was considered the worst destination for commuting, with a high travel cost of £101.

Florence Codjoe, car insurance expert at Uswitch said: After nearly 2 years of lockdowns and working from home, the world is finally beginning to open up again, which means across the globe many of us are heading back into the office and having to deal with the stress of the daily commute.

She said: It’s interesting to see our research reveals Ireland and the United Kingdom are the two worst countries in the world for commuting. Ireland comes out as the worst, notably having the highest public transport pass cost, followed closely by the UK which scores poorly across the board – from high transport costs to a long average commute time.


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