London’s Transport Commissioner has written to the leaders of 500 of the capital’s biggest companies, thanking them for their leadership in preparing for Games-time travel and asking them to ensure their staff understand their Games-time plans.
London will be transformed into one huge sporting and cultural venue this summer, which will have a big impact on the public transport and road networks in both central London and in the areas around venues.
The transport system will be busier than normal and there will be ‘hotspot’ locations where, at certain times, it will be exceptionally busy.
To help mitigate the impact the pressures on the transport network will have on businesses, London 2012 and TfL have been working with organisations in affected areas of London and the rest of UK to ensure they have plans in place to run smoothly – and profitably – during the Games.
In the past 18 months, London 2012 and Transport for London (TfL) have worked with 500 major businesses, employing more than 600,000 people, to provide site specific travel advice and help with bespoke business travel plans.
Around 80% of those businesses already have written plans in place, which include:
• Reducing or re-timing of deliveries
• Encouraging staff to take holiday if possible
• Staggering working days so people can start or finish work earlier or later and avoid peak times
• Working from home or other locations
• Encouraging walking or cycling by staff during Games-time
London’s Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy CBE said: “Central London will be transformed into one huge sporting and cultural venue this summer, which will have a big impact on both the road and public.
“With just eight weeks left until the Games start, it is important that businesses test their plans and communicate them to staff, suppliers, customers and visitors.
“Many companies are already communicating their plans with their staff, suppliers, customers and visitors, and their efforts and leadership in preparing for Games-time travel are commendable.
“In these final weeks before the Games, it is important that London’s business leaders continue to communicate with their employees to ensure they are clear about the plans in place in their own organisations and so they can take action to change their travel as a result.”
TfL will continue to communicate important transport information in the run up to, and during, the Games period, including providing twice-daily transport updates to ensure London’s businesses and their employees remain fully informed.
Help and support is available on the travel planning website www.GetAheadoftheGames.com.