Rush Hour Could Be A Thing Of The Past
by Becky Harrison |
posted 28 September 2021
Rush hour could be a thing of the past as commuters turn their backs on traditional working patterns in favour of more flexible and hybrid alternatives, according to the findings of a new study.
The poll conducted on behalf of vehicle subscription specialist Wagonex revealed most working age Brits want to work more flexibly in future, splitting their time between the office and working remotely.
This comes as the government reveals plans in its Good Work Plan for all employees to be able to request flexible working from the moment they start a new job. And it follows hot-on-the-heels of an Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey that found 85% of those currently homeworking would seek a hybrid of home and office working in future.
But mass flexible working comes with a downside…predicting how, when and where commuters will travel will become more difficult than ever before.
This could lead to an end to the UK’s well established rush hours (6am-9am and 4pm to 6.30pm), with traffic congestion on roads and passenger surges on rail and bus services happening unexpectedly at different times of the day and on different times of the week.
Toby Kernon, founder and CEO of Wagonex said: “There are huge benefits to hybrid working. Individuals will be able to achieve a better work/life balance and businesses will have happier, more productive staff. With fewer people traveling to offices there could also be an environmental benefit and improvements in air quality.