Depends where they live. Out in the regions, there aren't that many employment opportunities compared with London/SE. There used to be decent employment opportunities in most small towns and even bigger villages, so people could find work close to home. Now with centralisation etc., regional branches of national firms have closed down - head offices are now nearly all in London, call centres are usually in areas of high unemployment due to incentives etc. That leaves people in towns and villages having to get themselves to their nearest city if they want any kind of decent job - that may be a 1-2 hour journey. Take Kendal, used to be the location of two major financial services firms (Provincial and Prudential) - now people living in or near Kendal have to travel to Manchester or Leeds for decent Financial Services jobs - that's quite a commute, especially with the state of public transport in the north west. We need to reverse the centralisation of it all away from London and the biggest cities and back to there being decent employment opportunities in the smaller cities and towns again, then you'll have the benefit of reduced commuting.