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'North-west worst car-commuting area'

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The north-west of England has been named as the worst British region to commute from by car.

A study from the RAC Foundation says that commuters in the north-west face more hazards than in the next two dangerous areas, London and east England.

Its analysis of travel times, collision rates and pollution levels puts the north-west ahead of its nearest rivals for the crown of most-dangerous commuting region.

‘A nation of commuters’

According to the RAC, 25 million people in the UK commute daily with an average journey distance and time of 8.7 miles and 54 minutes.

"Action is needed by individuals, employers and government to ensure that we get smarter about commuting," said RAC Foundation executive director Edmund King.

"The sheer number of car commuters and the lack of alternative transport means that the car will remain the main way of getting to work for the foreseeable future."

Quoting figures showing that 71% of all commutes are by car, Mr King continued: "We cannot ignore this and hope that everyone will take the train. We need to plan for the diverse 18 million car journeys that are made everyday, but we also need to be smarter about how we encourage people to reduce their car use.

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