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Government urges businesses to adopt remote working during London 2012

Suggests video conferencing can replace face-to-face meetings

Transport minister Norman Baker has called for businesses to adopt remote working during the London 2012 Olympic Games, in a bid to reduce the expected pressures on the capital's transport network.

IT departments may struggle to delivery this capability, however, according to a recent survey of CIOs, which found that many workers experience network performance problems when they work remotely.

Up to 800,000 spectators and 55,000 athletes, officials, organisers and press will be travelling to and from Olympic venues every day. Furthermore, the organisers predicted that on 3 August 2012, the first day of the track and field events, there will be an extra three million trips made on top of the 12 million trips on public transport being made on an average London workday. Traffic is also expected to hit a peak at large venues such as the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Hose Guards Parade.

The government is therefore urging commuters to travel and work differently during the games, by walking or cycling to work, or by working remotely and using video conferencing for meetings.

"It's time to oil the creaking bike, dig out the walking boots, work out how to use the video conferencing equipment and fire up the laptop gathering dust at the back of the cupboard," said Baker.

"At DfT [Department for Transport] we'll be cutting our travel footprint by half during the games, with similar initiatives across Whitehall. But all businesses need to play their part too - there's plenty of help and advice out there so no excuse why we can't reduce the amount we travel during the 17 days of the games."


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