Transport Minister Says 'Work From Home' During Olympics

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 83 months ago
Transport Minister Says 'Work From Home' During Olympics

Reading this at work? Then send your boss a link to this Telegraph story and get ready to march to the IT department and demand remote working during the Olympics - transport secretary Philip Hammond wants you to.

He said all employers, including the Government, had to look at staff changing their working hours or to work from home during the Olympics. "We need to get people to think about how they plan their journeys,” Hammond said. “Certainly, the government will be allowing significant numbers of people to work from home during the Games to ease the burden on the transport system.”

We've already flagged controversy about Southeastern's plans and Diamond Geezer was talking about potential transport chaos last November. We took a look at the London 2012 site's breakdown of affected areas and randomly chose Westminster. Hmm. Possible wait times to just get on a train of over an hour on the Jubilee, Central and W&C lines, 30 minutes for the Northern line and 15 minutes on other lines? Maybe an extra half an hour to get on mainline trains at Waterloo? Yes, we can see why organisers might want us to work from home...

Of course, it's easier to arrange this for some jobs than others. What chance have you got of spending next summer typing in your front room or shuffling papers in your local park?

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Last Updated 03 June 2011

Paul McGuinness

I'm just sooo glad that I have my own Kleeneze home based business for one I can choose when I work, so if I choose to I can watch the whole of the Olympics without loosing any work time (and hence money). But far more importantly, I'll never have an employer telling me that I have to work in London (not even for a minute) during the Olympics, or any other time, so I don't have to worry about how ridiculously overcrowded it is at the best of times, I certainly don't have to worry about how much more crowded it'll be throughout 2012!


Working from home as well as extended or different work hours were all very popular methods that worked during the Winter Games here in Vancouver. People in Vancouver got angry about the road closures and all that as well, but when it came down to it - it wasn't a huge issue, people dealt with it and got over it. 

Try biking to work, or taking a few extra minutes to walk a few more blocks. Sometimes the best life changes come out of necessity. 


Although many companies make it technologically possible to work from home, in my experience management are less keen. It's very much an occasional benefit. Many will take the view that if you can get in via public transport then you should, no matter how long it takes. In my previous job I had to work from home for four days (living in a remote rural area) while I was snowed in and I got a lot of grief for it despite sending pictures to my manager to demonstrate my inability to leave the house. I can't see many companies allowing WFH for the whole Olympic period.

Ismail Mitha

work from home is the way forward, with new merging technologies, it is as good as being in the office, companies need to make this investment