UK Commuting

London: The Supernova City

Alasdair Rae | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Tech
Alasdair Rae

These images are based on commuting data released earlier this year by the Office for National Statistics and show the commuting links between different cities in London and the south east. The point here is that, seen in this way, London is very much the 'mega city' depicted by the late urbanist Sir Peter Hall in his study of urban mega city regions of Europe.

In Defence of Doing Your Makeup on the Tube

Rosy Cherrington | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Style
Rosy Cherrington

We can't all be blessed with the Kardashian Khromosones or plucked from the same exquisite gene pool as Victoria's Secret models, so sometimes I like to draw on myself to feel better. But should that compromise my precious sleeping time?

Are Commuters in Danger of Losing Their Humanity?

Tom Beetham | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Beetham

I am writing this, quite fittingly, on the train. My train - our train. After three weeks catching the 7.13 I began to feel like we were bonding: the ...

Moving to the Country

Robbie Knox | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Robbie Knox

In my mind my life was going to change overnight as I slotted smoothly into the community, winning marrow growing contests whilst rising to a position of power within the WI. But what's the reality? Here's what I've learnt about moving to the country, so you don't have to.

Creating a National Powerhouse

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

Government must take the lead on infrastructure. Creating thought out, integrated transport links within our top ten cities would be a start. Turning each into a mini London in terms of linking remote areas of each city.

Power Cut Chaos Sees Commuters Evacuated From Trains By Firefighters

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK

• Outage saw all Southern train services unable to run through Victoria • 904 passengers evacuated from one train • One train was stuck for si...

Every London Commuter Will Be Able To Relate To This Southeastern Railway Parody Twitter Account

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Comedy

A journey of a thousand miles must start with a single delay. #Southeastern— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) March 4, 2015 Southeastern trains run,...

The Most Politically Incorrect Train Announcement Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK

UPDATE 17/03/2015: This article has been expanded to include the full statement from South West. Commuters on a South West Trains service at Basing...

Why Thousands Of People Are Tweeting 'Sardine' At Train Companies

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK

Frustrated commuters bombarded train companies with more than 280,000 tweets about delays last year - with First Great Western faring the worst. Th...

Huge Donations Set To Transform Life Of Man Who Walks 21 Miles To Work

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

On Tuesday, we reported the story of James Robertson, a man who was forced to walk 21 miles to work every day after his car broke down a decade ago. ...

You Don't Even Know Me - Mobile Personas and Tomorrow's Web

Dan Weisbeck | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Weisbeck

Mobile is a great example of where consumers want it all. The growth of tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices means everything, everywhere, anytime, but it also means when we can't have it all on demand, we really don't like it.

UK Transport Providers: Is This the Final Strike?

Sophia Parsons | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia Parsons

Of the 2,000 people asked, only 15% believe UK transport providers, meaning buses, trains, tubes and taxis, do a decent job; anyone who's been on the Northern Line pre-9am will vouch alongside the 45% of folk who complain overcrowding is a serious problem with public transport during winter.

Would You Support a Mayor's Strike Busting Transport Reserve?

Ivan Massow | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

TfL already does something similar to a reserve, staffing its tube stations using 'ambassadors' when strikes are on. But why not go one step further and use ordinary Londoners to help TFL run its services during disputes?

What an Asthma Attack Feels Like When There's No One Who'll Help

Catherine Lux | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Lux

You don't fully appreciate the simple act of breathing until you can no longer do it. You do it so often that you don't need to remember to do it, your body does it automatically. Until you have an asthma attack.

10 Rubbish Commutes That Are Worse Than Yours

AllTime10s | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK

Suddenly having your face in a banker's armpit doesn't sound so bad, does it?...

The Aches and Pains of Commuting

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

How much time do you spend sitting every day? Let me give you an example. You wake up after a good night's rest of seven hours, and give yourself an hour to get up and get ready for work. Then you sit on a train or in a car for the next 30 minutes or so (more for a lot of us) and travel into work.

Irritations and Solutions: Commuting

Jessica Fostekew | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Fostekew

You're also right to be irritated by the cost of public transport. It's impossible to justify the perpetual rises, unless of course it turns out the fuel it all runs on is unicorn blood.Don't bother with trying cycling instead, it's too suicidey. Here are the real potential solutions...

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Commuting?

Lindsay Sharman | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lindsay Sharman

I hate commuting. Don't we all! Eh? However, I don't hate the act of travelling from one place to another. I can read a book (retro), I can obsessively play games on my phone, I can snack on stuff I've found in my handbag... So if that's the case, why do we hate commuting? Because: strangers. And lots of them. Getting right up in your grill.

Commuting to University Is Viable, But Think Twice

Tilly Grove | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tilly Grove

I'm a 21-year old graduate of a London university, and I've never lived away from home. I work in London, my partner and friends live in London, all I want is to live in London, but I'm still in my parents' house in the tiny seaside town I grew up in. It's hard not to feel that life is passing me by...

How (Not) to Park a Bicycle...

Liz Fraser | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

It was said once, by someone who knows about these things, that the best designs excel in both form and function. A product needs to both look beautiful, and work well. And be easy to use.

Fed Up With Your Long Commute To Work? Here's The Bright Side

PA | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK

Commuters who spend an hour-long train journey into London are saving around £380,000 on their average house price compared with the cost of living i...

Six Ways a Bike Change Transformed My Cycle to Work

Stephen Hull | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Hull

It was the day I took my beloved road bike in for its fourth urgent health check in as many months that I felt it was time to make a decision I'd been avoiding for some time - I needed a better set of commuting wheels.

I Tried to Charm a Woman on the Train

Chris Rooney | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Rooney

She opened her mouth as if to speak then looked back at her book, a compendium of 15th Century Dutch art. We both had our headphones in. I took mine out and listened a while to the train chatter.

An Open Letter to Commuters Everywhere

Francesca Peak | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francesca Peak

Move all the way down the carriage. People are going to squash on whether you're standing halfway down the aisle or at the very end. Take a dive through those sweaty bodies and use up all available space, before someone (read: me) passive-aggressively asks you to move down.

Rise of the Commuter Snoopers

Christian Toon | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Imagine the situation: you're on the train to a meeting, going over some papers and you need to leave the carriage to go grab a coffee from the buffet car. What do you do with your briefcase? You'll only be gone two minutes and your laptop is safely stowed in the office, so what's the harm in leaving it on your seat?