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U.K. Fare Rises May Force 2 Million Commuters Away, Survey Finds

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Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- More than one in four Britons plan to change the way they commute next year mainly because of increased train and bus fares, according to a report by recruitment company reed.co.uk.

About 7 percent of those surveyed, equivalent to more than 2 million workers, aim to change their mode of transportation to avoid the fare increases, the company said in the report. Six percent, or 1.7 million workers, will seek to move to a new home or job over the next 12 months to make their commute easier, the survey found.

“Huge numbers of people plan to change how they travel to work next year, as rising fares and increased transport stress kick in,” said Martin Warnes, managing director of reed.co.uk. “Many feel driving to work alone in their cars will be their only option, in spite of growing green and health concerns.”

Train fares will rise by an average 6.2 percent in January 2011, according to figures issued by the U.K.’s Association of Train Operating Companies last month. London Underground fares will rise an average of 3.9 percent in January, Mayor Boris Johnson said in October.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tim Farrand in Edinburgh at tfarrand@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net

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