Businesses urged to use Twitter to avoid Olympic travel disruption

Business travel plans during the Olympics
The countdown to the Olympics is now less than 40 days and businesses can keep up to date with travel disruption caused by the sporting extravaganza via a designated Twitter service.

London’s travel network will be under the spotlight this summer during the Olympic Games as hundreds of thousands of extra journeys will be made in and around the city, causing potential problems for companies operating in close proximity.

Here at 08Direct we’ve already offered advice to make sure companies of all sizes are ready for the Olympics and this new Twitter account gives valuable travel information that should be factored into any plans being put in place.

The GetAheadoftheGames Twitter handle (@GAOTG) has been set up in conjunction with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Transport for London (Tfl) and posts travel advice in the form of videos and informative articles.

In addition, GetAheadoftheGames.com has help and guidance on a local level for companies based near other parts of Britain (for example, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester) that will stage events.

Ben Plowden, director of planning at Tfl surface transport, told corpcommsmagazine.co.uk: “More than 61 per cent of business leaders across Europe are now using Twitter, which is why, for the first time in Games history, we’re engaging with employers via this important channel.

“London will be a hugely exciting place to be this summer, with a fantastic spectacle of sporting and cultural events. Parts of the road and public transport network will be exceptionally busy during the Games and this will affect firms around Games venues and across central London.

“This is why we’re working closely with businesses, to ensure they have all the information they need to get ahead of the Games, while also delivering important advice and support.”

Will you be taking advantage of this Twitter service? Do you think enough is being done to help businesses prepare for the Olympics?

(Photo courtesy of dannyfowler on Flickr)

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