Who is dreading the commute into work once lockdown is over?

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ToneControlToneControl Frets: 9128
I hated commuting, for me it was like selling part of my life essence - a waste of time, and often physically hard work, driving or being a train passenger for 2-3 hours on top of a job is a lot of effort.
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 4929
    6 minutes on my scooter.
    It'll be hell....
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 12238
    edited March 4
    Yep, dreading it. 35 miles of single lane A roads full of HGVs and idiot overtakers, 1 hour there and 1 hour back and feeling tired all week long. I hate it. Not looking forward to it at all.


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  • roundthebendroundthebend Frets: 652
    Mine is only 20 minutes by car, I'll often go by motorbike just to mix it up a bit, and I might try cycling though it is 19 miles.
    I'm actually looking forward to getting back amongst people, so the short commute is a small price to pay.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 7264
    Yep if my company goes back to 5 day a week office based I will look for another job.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11316
    I was dressed at 8:55 am this morning, could a helicopter cover the 25 miles to the office in 5 minutes? Anyone got a helicopter? 

    I'm now part time and we have been told there will be more flexible ( ie home) working in the future. I suspect that will slip and by this time next year we will all be back in the office - hot desking, crammed into meeting rooms. But, yeh, I've been to the office 3 times in the last 12 months, I've done a few other visits but they haven't been for a 9am start. Certainly if I used public transport it might be concerning me a bit by now.     
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 7288
    12 to 15 minutes on the bike depending on how a catch a level crossing.  Quite nice to get fresh air and some light exercise.  Would be even better if BMW and Audi drivers were removed from the roads.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 9798

    I didn't mind the commute itself - an hour each way but I could sit and read a book, which I haven't really done at all in the last year.

    What I don't want is a return to working in the office until 10pm, then getting home by 11pm when it's too late to have anything proper to eat.  I also don't want to have to wear a suit, ever again.

    A few months ago I'd have said we'll never go back to working in the office five days a week, but listening to more recent discussions it feels like people are starting to swing back that way - they're so sick of lockdowns they want "normal" back, even though the last year has proved there are other ways of working (...for those of us who CAN work from home, of course).

    I heard someone on the radio saying they want to see people again.  To which the reply was "yes, but I want to see my family and friends, not people at work".

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  • UnclePsychosisUnclePsychosis Frets: 8816
    I hate commuting but I think I hate working from home more so I'll be relatively happy to go back to it. 
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6309
    I suspect after 2 months of doing the commute again some people will be looking back fondly at the good old working from home lock down days. 

    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 3885
    I'm not looking forward to seeing all those people.....  ;)
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 739
    A 'commute' of 10 secs across my garden into my studio in the garage? Only when its raining.
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  • SPECTRUM001SPECTRUM001 Frets: 524
    Mine is approx 45 minutes on the bus into Central London. That said, I am not looking forward to being in close proximity to coughing and spluttering (which was a typical commute pre-Lockdown) and can walk it in an hour and a half. Sadly, I am lazy and like to read and daydream. 

    We have been told we may be able to continue a couple of days a week at home. Am quite lucky, as that's a nice mix...
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 785
    We’ve pulled the plug on the lease for our office so it will continue to be up one flight of stairs and round the corner into my home office...
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 6640
    A large proportion of my office worked from home some days of the week anyway. It’s the first job I’ve done where it suits working from home - just pick up a piece of work, spend a day on it, send it out, pick the next one... Not really part of a team, although the head of the group would argue against otherwise to justify their existence - it looks after itself really. When lockdown started I was coming to the end of 18 months of training new starters (quite intensive) and I was happy to come in every day so they could ask for my help. My plan was to work from home 2-3 days a week. However, the longer this goes on, the more reluctant I’m becoming to return! There was already pressure to give up your regular office desk if you were a homeworker so I suspect that’s gone now. I can see me going in one day a week at most.
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3584
    I might go in for a day a week.
    The 2-hour each way slog on expensive, unreliable, crowded trains ain't my thing.
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  • LastMantraLastMantra Frets: 1545
    Not that it effects me as I don't commute but it seems like it would be a shame if we can't take advantage of this and make a few changes that might help the environment and people's health and well being.
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  • alalalkasaralalalkasar Frets: 189
    I'm dreading everyone else being back on the roads. Apart from four months on furlough last year I've worked through and it's actually been quite pleasant driving.
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  • TeetonetalTeetonetal Frets: 6763
    I enjoyed the summer at home, but the winter has been a slog.

    I'm expecting a 3 day in, 2 day out mix, with a proviso that we attend certain meetings in person.

    We own our offices, so cannot imagine that they will be left empty...
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  • M1ckM1ck Frets: 76
    edited March 3
    crunchman said:
    Would be even better if BMW and Audi drivers were removed from the roads.
    Any particular reason? I guess if you look at any group of drivers or road users you can find fault, motorcycles, hot hatches, sports cars, 4x4s and so on not just BMW or Audi drivers. I don’t particularly like cyclists on busy or fast roads riding two abreast, or using the road when there’s a cycle path parallel to the road. Controversial? Maybe, but I still give cyclists a wide berth as well as horses even though the number of times I get the universal hand signal from cyclists not obeying the Highway Code as I overtake them - obeying the Highway Code - is unreal. 
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 880
    In pre Covid times The trains are full when they reach my station. I’ve sometimes had to headbutt my way onto a train to make an important event on time. I’ve nearly got into fights it’s been that bad. Hate it. Inhuman. Soul destroying. And very very expensive. 

    I haven’t been to the office in a year. 

    My firm has improved its profitability in Covid. It’s also been democratising. That’s because people are wasting less time dicking about trying to get trains and can work more when it suits them. 

    I miss some of the socialising and fun being with colleagues. One or two days a week absolutely max in the office please. 

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 9798
    JayGee said:
    We’ve pulled the plug on the lease for our office so it will continue to be up one flight of stairs and round the corner into my home office...

    We'd been outgrowing our office for some time before the first lockdown, although we only moved in 5 years ago.  I think they will be more flexible about letting us work from home, but I don't know how many days per week it'll be.

    I really don't need to be in the office, I work pretty much on my own and barely know most of the people in my own department, let alone the rest of the firm.

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  • Axe_meisterAxe_meister Frets: 3396
    An hour on the bus. Not too bad if I get it before the school kids swarm on, a nightmare if I get a later bus. I actually look forward to it. Listening to music and reading a book. Followed by a fryup when I get to work.
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  • guitartangoguitartango Frets: 590
    Cant wait for the Science Park queues, queue to get in , queue to get out
    Empty

    Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 11504
    We are looking at 2 days in the office each week once we go back.

    It's only a 10 minute commute but with actually getting dressed for work I will need to ge getting up a good hour earlier than I am now.



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  • rlwrlw Frets: 2789
    I look forward to being on the 7.01 from York and at a desk in central London by 9.30 a few times a week.

    I cannot say how much I hate WFH and all its consequences.
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 1794
    edited March 3
    Yep I'm not massively looking forward to leaving the house at 6:30 every day again. Although it is nice to get an hour at the end of work to just listen to music or podcasts without having to go straight into dealing with the kids. Also I don't like the stress of feeling like I have to keep my teams status as online all the time in case it's being monitored and judged if I'm away for a few minutes.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 53887
    I work from home anyway so no change...

    MrsICBM would rather find another job than go back to working in the office more than a few days a month. Luckily this is unlikely since WFH has proved so successful that the company has sold off several of its office buildings in the last year.

    Commuting is just such a massive waste of resources in several ways - I can't see things going back fully to how they were, and that's a good thing.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 7288
    edited March 3
    M1ck said:
    crunchman said:
    Would be even better if BMW and Audi drivers were removed from the roads.
    Any particular reason? I guess if you look at any group of drivers or road users you can find fault, motorcycles, hot hatches, sports cars, 4x4s and so on not just BMW or Audi drivers. I don’t particularly like cyclists on busy or fast roads riding two abreast, or using the road when there’s a cycle path parallel to the road. Controversial? Maybe, but I still give cyclists a wide berth as well as horses even though the number of times I get the universal hand signal from cyclists not obeying the Highway Code as I overtake them - obeying the Highway Code - is unreal. 

    The way they drive:

    Indicators an optional extra.

    Overtaking far too close and when there isn't room.

    Aggressively revving engines when there isn't room to overtake.

    Cut you up.

    General aggression towards bikes.

    Deliberately pull out in front of you when it's your priority.

    Drivers of other car brands sometimes do those things, but it seems to be a much higher proportion of BMW and Audi drivers.

    I must admit I do feel smug when I overtake them again at the next set of lights, and all their aggressive idiocy has been for nothing, but life would be far better without that kind of driving in the first place.
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  • jonnyburgojonnyburgo Frets: 8784
    I cycle to work 99% of the time in the Peaks so I'm lucky, get to do my hobby and can select longer/tougher routes if I feel like it. I'd hate to have a city drive or train commute, that would suck out my life force. Too many people. 
    "OUR TOSSPOT"
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  • guitargeek62guitargeek62 Frets: 2354
    edited March 3
    My commute has gone from a 25min ride across SE London, filtering through idiotic traffic along the Blackwall tunnel, to a peacful walk downstairs to my laptop. It will remain that way post-COVID, as I've switched to permanent remote-working from Devon instead.

    Funnily enough, I almost miss having an excuse to jump on the Triumph a couple of times a day, but at least when I take it out for a ride here I'm only five minutes from the beach or the moors!
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