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Use video conferencing to avoid Olympic travel rush

Businesses in London who may find themselves swamped by tourists during the Olympics have been advised to use video conferencing facilities.

The 2012 Olympic Games look set to bring millions of tourists into the capital, stretching London’s transport links to their limits. As a result, businesses who use these links on a daily basis have been urged to find other means of doing business to avoid the traffic, one of which being video conferencing.

The calls come as part of the government’s plan to drive down “non-Olympic demand” by 30 per cent during the entirety of the games.

As it stands, 12 million journeys are made in London every single day. This is set to rise a further 3 million during the Olympics, so businesses have been urged to seek alternatives, both to save themselves the bustle but also to ease the stretched transport services.

“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,” transport minister Norman Baker told managementtoday.co.uk.

Adding, minister of Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson told The Telegraph: “By thinking creatively and adjusting travel patterns next summer, we can ensure that everybody gets to their destination and London keeps moving.”