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MORE than 250,000 people across the West Midlands now walk to work, a new analysis of census figures by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy reveals.

MORE than 250,000 people across the West Midlands now walk to work, a new analysis of census figures by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy reveals.

Across the region, 9.9 per cent of people walk to work, below the national average of 10.7 per cent.

Worcester has the highest proportion of residents who commute on foot at 15.8 per cent, while South Staffordshire has the lowest on 5.7 per cent –the third lowest in England and Wales.

Nationally, the number of people walking to work has increased by more than 9 per cent in the past decade. An extra 220,000 people now pound the pavements to get to work, taking the total to nearly 2,847,000.

While the overwhelming majority of workers in England and Wales still commute by car, a new poll for the CSP reveals that comes at a cost to their health.

Some 45 per cent of drivers said they suffered pain in the past 12 months as a result of their journey, with more than a quarter (25 per cent) citing a problem with their back.

 

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