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Down the tubes: poll finds London commuters are more stressed than ever

Posted at 8:00 am, May 1, 2015 in Transport

London Underground. Photo: Chris Billington

[Photo: Chris Billington]

It’s official: commuting to work in London is worse than a white-coated sadist drilling a hole in your molar or begging your parents for money. Or to put it another way, a new poll has revealed that Londoners find the travel grind more stressful than visiting a dentist or coping with money problems.

According to a survey of commuters in six major cities, London is one of the most stressful cities in which to commute. Four out of five of you spent at least one day this month cursing bus and tube drivers because of delays to the service, and a whopping 93 percent of you left for work early because of the frequent delays.

So what’s the result of all this foot-tapping and silent seething? Turns out even an extra minute on your commute can affect happiness, anxiety and general well being. Thanks TfL. Thanks a lot.

The only upside to all this (if you can call it an upside) is that London isn’t top of the worst commutes in Europe – that’s Rome. So next time your tube train inexplicably grinds to a halt inches from the platform, console yourself with this thought: the Italian version of you is even more stressed and unhappy. *Slaps cheek* Mamma mia!

Want to cheer yourself up? Here are five ways to boost your commute.

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