Small and medium sized businesses in the capital want more help to prepare for expected transport disruption caused by next year’s Olympic games.
Last month Transport for London warned that the capital’s transport network will be “severely affected” by “millions” of extra trips during the Games.
However a survey of 162 London businesses by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) revealed almost half disagreed that enough had been done to help prepare them for any disruption.
The survey also revealed that 68% of businesses thought the Games would have a positive impact on London’s reputation as an international business centre.
Peter Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said: “We have long believed that next year’s Olympics represent a great opportunity for London’s firms to go out and generate new business and investment, and these figures endorse that view.
“However, those opportunities can only be fully grasped if businesses are prepared for the disruption that the Games will cause. With one year to go efforts must now be redoubled to ensure that every London business is prepared for travel disruption.”
Earlier this week TfL announced that 200 large firms, collectively representing more than 370,000 employees, had signed up for free one-to-one travel advice sessions.
Although the sessions are only available to firms within areas affected by the Games and employing more than 200 staff, businesses of all sizes are being invited to sign up for free travel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting london2012.com/traveladviceforbusiness