Home-work distance is growing in the Netherlands

Dutch people travel ever greater distances between home and work. This is the conclusion of a study by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Commuter traffic between Brabant, Gelderland and the Randstad in particular makes a substantial contribution.

If you look at house prices among other things, you can imagine that people who work in the Randstad prefer to live far beyond. This is also evident from the commuter traffic. 33 percent of working people travel to another place for work. That was 27 percent in 1995. No big growth, but still. Particularly from Utrecht and The Hague, among other things, shuttles are being made to other places in the Randstad. People who live in North Brabant and Gelderland also continue to travel for their work. An increasing proportion of the working population travels from the cities of Nijmegen such as Nijmegen, Arnhem and Ede to the Randstad.

The research also shows that highly educated men in particular travel many kilometers to get to work. Women and the lower educated work closer to home on average. Part-timers also have to drive less far on average to get to work. According to the PBL, these ratios remain virtually the same. The average distance between home and work in the Netherlands is relatively low, incidentally; 19 kilometers. Since 1995, the average distance between home and work has grown 4.4 kilometers.

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