Business not as usual.
Don't think that because your business is not in East London that you won't be affected by the 2012 Games. There are a total of 22 competition venues in London and whilst many are based Stratford way, several events will take place in Central London; Hyde Park, Earl's Court, Lords and the Horse Guards Parade for instance. Transport networks throughout London will be stretched to their limits. It is estimated that there will be an extra 3.3 million journeys taking place on the busiest days of the competition. The capital will be welcoming some 55,000 members of the Olympic family (athletes, officials, sponsors, the media etc.) and 8.8 million ticketed spectators – that's a lot of people!
During the Games, the tubes, DLR and overground trains will run both more frequently and later. There'll be an extra 200 buses on the roads and the Javelin Service will shuttle people from Kings Cross to Stratford in just 7 minutes. But this won't be enough to keep London moving. Businesses should therefore be considering ways they can help alleviate the stress on the capital's transport system. They should also be planning for severe disruptions to their supply chains during the nine weeks of the Games. If you don't think your business's supply chain will be affected, think again – what about those all important deliveries of tea, toilet roll and post?
According to Rose McArthur (part of the Travel Advice for Business Team), businesses should start preparing themselves now, so that they can work around peak times and busy competition days. They should think about flexible working: who can work at home on which days and can employees travel to work at a different time, for instance come in earlier and leave earlier? Individuals should be considering different routes to work – can they walk or cycle parts of their journey? According to McArthur, it's all about 'peak spreading' – this will keep London moving during the Games, the biggest event a country can host.
For more information on what you can do as a business or an individual, visit: www.getaheadofthegames.co.uk