Construction sites in London are being urged to introduce staggered start and finish times to avoid these peaks, as well as to walk or cycle as part of their journey.
The Construction Leadership Council has also called on the industry to ‘critically challenge what works can genuinely not be done at home’. Pressure is growing after scenes of crowded tubes emerged and reports that the government is threatening site closures if changes don’t take place.
Many construction workers rely on public transport to travel to work in London, and Transport for London is asking the industry for help.
To relieve pressure on the network, Build UK has suggested that workers should be supported to avoid travelling during peak times of 05:45 ‐ 08:15 and 16:00 ‐ 17:30 wherever possible.
Last week Build UK chief executive, Suzannah Nichol, said on Twitter: “The Site Operating Procedures cover Travel to Work as well as work on site. If you have to travel because your job absolutely cannot be done from home please avoid peak times on public transport.”
In an open letter to the construction sector last week the new business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng it is safe to carry on working but follow established guidelines.
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