The government is advising London businesses to make use of conference calls to keep in touch with clients and colleagues for the duration of the 2012 Olympics.
Face-to-face meetings could be cancelled, delayed or curtailed because of the travel disruption that is likely to accompany what will be an unprecedented and historic influx into the capital of an estimated 55,000 athletes, political leaders, tourists and media representatives from around the world.
Officials also predict up to 800,00 spectators using the public transport system on a daily basis. The London 2012 Organising Committee’s Travel Advice for Business Service has said that it will be advising business travellers and commuters during the Olympics on the best routes to get from A to B.
The transport minister Norman Baker has meanwhile told civil servants in his department to start making better use of time, save energy and cut the money spent on travel by increasing the use of conference calls to conduct business.