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Is congestion making your commute a pain? Welcome to the club

More than every third commuter experiences congestion or delays on the way to and from work on a daily basis, a new study shows. According to the Confederation of Danish Industry, the difficulties of commuting can make it harder for companies to attract new, qualified employees.
Congestion and traffic is the norm for many commuters, a new study shows.

Publiceret: 21.06.2017
Af Peter G. H. Madsen mail

How was your commute to work today? Was there a lot of congestion? Did you arrive a bit late? If so, you’re not alone.

Congestion and delays have become somewhat the norm for many Danes, shows a new study about the everyday lives of Denmark’s commuters commissioned by the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI).

In a representative survey conducted by Epinion, 2,012 Danes answered questions about how they experience their journey to and from their current workplace.

37 per cent of respondents who commute by car reply that they experience congestion and delays either daily or 3 - 4 times a week. And the situation is no better for those who take the bus, train or metro to work. Among users of public transport, 36 per cent experience problems with congestion or delays nearly every day. 

According to Director of the Danish Transport Federation Michael Svane, the congestion issues are a challenge for both commuters and companies.

“Stop-and-go traffic is rarely much fun. And to make matters worse, it makes people think twice before saying yes to jobs located further away. That’s bad news at a time when many companies have difficulty attracting employees,” says Michael Svane, noting that a recent survey among DI’s member companies has shown that 36 per cent have unsuccessfully attempted to recruit new employees within the past year.

Read the entire study here (in Danish)

Better roads and buses can make a difference

These challenges were also the subject of a debate entitled “Would you commute further for an attractive job?”, held at the annual People’s Meeting on the Danish island of Bornholm on 16 June. DI organised the discussion in collaboration with Hansen & Erbøll Agenda, who wanted to know what would make the audience travel 20-30 km further than to their current workplace.

The question was also posed in DI’s survey. The factor that would make most people say yes to a job located a bit further away is more flexibility and the possibility of working from home. This is followed by better roads, better public transport and lower transport costs.

According to Michael Svane from the Danish Transport Federation, this underlines the necessity of taking action in several areas if Danes are to become more mobile.

“It is in the interest of companies, workers and society that getting to and from work is easy. In my opinion, the survey therefore provides food for thought. Not only do we need to invest in good roads and better public transport, but companies can also help promote the development by being flexible in relation to employees’ work,” he says.

In DI’s survey, 81 per cent of respondents say that they would prefer to spend as little time as possible on transport.
What would make you say yes to a job located further away? Vote here (site in Danish)

See also: Difficult to get Danes to commute very far

Not only do we need to invest in good roads and better public transport, but companies can also help promote the development by being flexible in relation to employees’ work.
DIRECTOR OF THE DANISH TRANSPORT FEDERATION MICHAEL SVANE
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PUBLISHED: 6/21/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 6/22/2017