Commuters have revealed their biggest public transport bugbears, including ‘man-spreaders’, feet on the seats, and smelly food eaters.
A poll of 1,000 adults who use buses, trains, trams, the tube, or boats to get to their place of employment found 50 per cent consider their commute to be the worst part of their day.
Other gripes include co-travellers hogging seats with their bags, fellow commuters having graphic conversations very loudly, and having to stand under someone’s armpits.
Although 48 per cent admit they have been guilty of committing such faux pas themselves.
The research was commissioned by Virgin Trains Ticketing [], a booking platform which rewards passengers with points which can be exchanged for ‘everyday treats’, flights, and experiences.
Director Mark Plowright said: “Commuting is a necessity for many working adults, and as the research shows it’s often the source of much frustration.
“But it shouldn’t be such a nightmare – indeed travellers are likely to have lots of things they enjoy about their journey, it’s just that certain occurrences can ruin what should be a time to relax.”
Collect points as you travel
The study also found the typical public transport commute is 41 minutes long – and on average 36 per cent of it is spent feeling irritated.
This works out to be just under half an hour in total every day – there and back – or two and a half hours a working week.
This partly might explain why 61 per cent think commuters should be offered more incentives to use public transport.
Although 41 per cent are not aware some train operators run loyalty point reward schemes.
This finding emerged at a time when 67 per cent said they’re relying on such schemes to help counteract the costs of everyday living as much as possible.
Further to this, the study carried out through OnePoll found 26 per cent

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