My daughter Rebecca was home from London the past few days.We took the day off yesterday and went to Edinburgh, where after a lovely lunch we spent some time at the National Museum of Scotland. We hadn’t been for several years, and it was fantastic to go back and see it modernised.
Nowadays when we go to Edinburgh, we park at Ingliston and take the tram in to the City. It’s a relaxing way to travel and takes away the stress of driving and trying to park in the City Centre.
Rebecca’s flight was at 7pm, so we found ourselves back at Ingliston around 5.30pm, waving her off on her last leg to the airport. This meant that we’d be driving home at rush hour. Something I’d not done in Edinburgh for several years.
It was awful! So much traffic. It took us over an hour to drive the 3-4 miles to the Forth Road Bridge. Thankfully we had some good tunes to keep us company, and we’d had a lovely day out, so we were pretty relaxed, but I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to do that every day.
I’m speaking at The Milk Bar on Friday about The Future of Work, and I’ve found some interesting data as I’ve been researching my talk. Over 3 million people in the U.K. now spend more than 2 hours commuting every day. That’s madness! Imagine what we could do with that time if it wasn’t spent sitting in a car or a train?
Do you commute to work? If you do, how long does it take you? Could you do anything to change that?