The average employee loses five days a year commuting to and from work, according to a study.

The Confederation for British Industry (CBI) polled 2,000 workers and found the typical respondent lost 2.7 hours a week to travel disruption or delays.

Adding up that weekly amount over the course of a year equates to 125 hours - or five days - lost to commuting each year.

The Government plans to encourage more flexible working and consult on making it the default unless employers have good reasons not to provide it.

All employees have the legal right to request flexible working from their employer, which must deal with requests in a reasonable manner.

Matthew Fell, chief policy director at the CBI, said:

"As we head into a new decade, commuters will be anxious to see what the new Government's spending commitments will mean for them.

"Encountering delay and disruption far too often, employees up and down the UK want a cheaper, greener and more reliable commute.

"This will only be achieved by business and the Government working together to invest in the right infrastructure and promote flexible working."

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