Gary Egan of Porthcawl has Britain’s longest commute – the equivalent of four …

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A DEDICATED worker drives the equivalent of four times around the Earth every year as he has the longest commute in Britain.

Gary Egan travels a whopping 160,000km between his home in Porthcawl and his workplace in Watford, Hertfordshire, so he can still live the country life with his partner Sarah.

The father-of-two — who works as the head of production for Rocket Graphics Ltd — sets his alarm for 3.30am every day before setting off on the six-hour round trip in his eco-friendly Renault Clio.

The 46-year-old said: “My job is absolutely worth the gruelling commute every day.

“The company I work for are great and let me work around my journey to and from the office.

“The industry I work in is quite narrow and there just aren’t the same job opportunities in Wales for me as there are in London. I can’t say it wouldn’t be nice to get a job that was closer to home, but at the moment that it just not possible and I am very happy where I am.”

Gary has worked as the head of design at the firm for the past 18 months.

The costly commute sets him back a whopping £15,000 a year after he has paid his monthly diesel bill of £900, toll fees of more than £1,600 and his insurance, MOT and servicing costs.

And Gary is also a regular customer at his local garage — his car surpassed the milage threshold to have its first service after just three months on the road.

Gary said: “I recently bought a new Renault Clio, and I chose it because it is very eco friendly. It isn’t flash but it is cost effective.

“My garage must love me, I’m probably their best customer.”

But it isn’t just money that he has to sacrifice as the crippling hours mean he loses out on quality time with long-term partner Sarah and has had to cut down his exercise regime.

Gary added: “I have quite a stressful job so I use the journey home to sort my day out in my head and to make a plan for the following day.

“But there are times when I have to get Sarah to call me to make sure I don’t fall asleep at the wheel.”

“I use the time to take important conference calls — hands free, of course — and my car is quite tech-savvy so I can listen to my text messages, as well as the radio, or music.”

Despite the taxing daily journey, Gary has stayed in Porthcawl after Sarah landed a dream job with South Wales Police.

Gary said: “My partner has a very important and also stressful job.

“We have discussed the options for a move, but we feel that our quality of life is much better here than it would be closer to my workplace in Watford.”

“I like to run and on a weekend – and within five minutes of my leaving my front door, I am running alongside the beach and the sea.

“And everyone is so friendly here. It is a real community spirit where neighbours genuinely want to help.

“We have both lived in London and the surrounding areas before, and, despite the travel, I know I am much better off here than I would be closer to my place of work.”

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