Martin Sadler wakes up at 6am, makes a 30-minute drive to Grantham railway station in Lincolnshire, hops on a train to King’s Cross and then takes the underground to his office in central London.

It's a two-hour journey door-to-door and sees the technical engineer travel more than 250 miles every day – but he says it’s not that uncommon anymore.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the average daily commute in 2015 was 57.1 minutes with 3.7 million people travelling for two or more hours.

People in London have the longest journeys, partly because property prices are forcing people out of the capital. The subject will be one of the topics to be discussed at BusinessCloud's Is London's Tech Property Bubble about to Burst? event on 31st October.

Sadler says he loves his job as head of engineering at tailored business insurance provider Simply Business, which has offices in London, Northampton and Boston, US.


He's been with the company for over seven years and often makes that journey five days a week.

"It can be anything up to five days at the office, but I do try and work from home a couple of days a week," he said. "We've got quite a good set-up for remote working and a good culture."

Sadler is part of a rising phenomenon of 'super-commuters' as more and more people are priced out of London.

"I've got kids and family who live up North and we're in a nice area in the countryside," he says. "I decided to do the longer commute and have the nice family home rather than move closer down to London. It just made more sense."

Sadler says his commute is productive but admits that the train journeys are getting busier.

"The way I look at it is that I can finish any bits of work that need doing before I get in or maybe I want to teach myself a new language – that’s quite a good time to do it," he says.

"I remember when there was only a handful of people getting on the station and these days it’s at least 50 people getting on if not more.

"It's a lot busier than it used to be and I know other people who do similar journeys. They're not as uncommon as you might think."

Peter Wells also contacted BusinessCloud to say he spends three days a week sleeping in a friend's spare room in London and four days at home in Whitley Bay.

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