The map shows the Greater London commuter belt, or more specifically the percentage of workers who work in London, but live outside it.
The map’s data is based on data from the 2011 Census Origin-destination statistics. It shows a pretty clear trend, the closer you live to London and/or a rail line/motorway the more likely you are to work in London.
The result of course is that London’s presence can be felt far beyond it’s borders into almost every corner of south-east of England.
For more about commuting in London or London maps you can read while commuting, have a look at the following books:
- As They Slept (A Year in the Life of a London Commuter)
- Smoothly from Harrow: A Compendium for the London Commuter
- Commuter City: How the Railways Shaped London
- London: A History in Maps
- LONDON: The Information Capital: 100 maps and graphics that will change how you view the city
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Interesting to know what data comprised this map as there seems to be little spikes in commuting from towns on the HS1 line where I happen to know that some towns have huge numbers of travellers commuting.
Or perhaps maybe commuting has only spiked within in past 5 years since this map was posted.