Brechin commuters most likely to cycle to work in DD area

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Brechin commuters are the most likely to choose to cycle to work out of all commuters in the DD post code.

Royal Mail commissioned a study of Postcode districts in Dundee to find out how far people travel to and from work.

The report, by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr), looked into who has the longest and shortest distance to travel to work and how people prefer to make the journey.

Steve Rooney, head of the Address Management Unit which looks after Royal Mail’s address databases, including the Postcode Address File, said: “According to the 2011 Census over 11.2 million people travel from one local authority to another to get to work that means that 17 per cent of the UK population are moving around the country at the same time every day.

“This study gives us a fascinating glimpse into what these journeys look like.”

Brechin residents in the DD9 have the longest commute, travelling on average 14.2 miles (22.9km) each way. The length of the commute is the same as residents in the DD10 area. The average UK commute of 10.8 miles (17.5km).

Elsewhere in the top five, Carnoustie (DD7) commuters make an average 24.2 mile round trip – 12.1 miles (19.5km) each way. Forfar (DD8) and Arbroath (DD11) workers tackle 11.4 miles (18.4km) and 10.5 miles (17km) respective.

Of those commuting in Brechin, 11.1 percent walk to work, placing the DD9 postcode seventh out the ten areas for walkers.

It also has the lowest percentage of people commuting by bus - 3.4 percent - in the DD postcode area.

When it comes to cycling though, Brechin tops the table with 12.6 percent likely to cycle, with Forfar (DD8) close in second with 12.2 percent.