by Elizabeth Smythe on July 30, 2012

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Commuters told to avoid London’s main stations

Flexibility is key, says London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), as commuters are told to avoid major stations.

Those with jobs in London have been advised to work flexibly over the next two weeks to avoid any delays and disruption that the Olympics could bring. It has been estimated that one million visitors will make three million journeys on public transport each day of the Games, peoplemanagement.co.uk writes.

In particular, London Bridge is expected to be ‘exceptionally’ busy as the station that serves the equestrian events in Greenwich. As a consequence, many employers are allowing their staff to work flexibly to beat the peak time ‘crush’.

LCCI chief executive, Colin Stanbridge, told hrmagazine.co.uk: “Home working is clearly a growing subject for London companies as technology changes the way we live and work.

“Being flexible with how and where staff work can bring enormous benefits to a business and getting it right can add to the productivity of a firm as well as staff morale.” 

Currently, 80 per cent of workers in London think they will experience some sort of delay to their commute, with a third expecting to be late for work. However, working form home and changing hours could reduce the possibility of such issues.

One innovative idea from legendary advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather is a ‘Come Dine with Me’ scheme – which encourages colleagues to eat at each other’s homes to stagger commuting journey times.