Wharf is 'open for business' this summer

By Rob Virtue on March 15, 2012 1:42 PM |

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Canary Wharf workers are being encouraged to head to the office this summer despite the potential disruption caused by the Olympics.

The estate's management has said, although there will be an influx of tourists heading to east London, transport initiatives will be in place to ensure the area is functioning fully.

Canary Wharf Group's strategic adviser Howard Dawber said the business centre will be "open for business".

"We have applied the same focus and attention to detail that we use designing and constructing the world's best buildings into our transport plans," he said.

"The 2012 Games will shine a positive spotlight on the amazing progress made in inner east London in the last few years.

"The plans will ensure that offices, shops, bars and restaurants will continue to be staffed, helping the local economy to remain buoyant."

CWG's announcement comes despite Transport for London recently asking firms in the capital to look at alternatives to a normal working day, including flexible hours, working from home and even moving staff to an office away from the capital.

But the estate's management said it has ensured additional trains, boats and bikes will get people to and from the office this summer and TfL agrees the area's transport links will cope.

London's Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said he had "every confidence" Canary Wharf would be "very much open for business".

The area is expecting a 25 per cent drop in its usual peak-time numbers during the Games, which CWG said will counteract with the increase in users on the transport network.

Also, by the beginning of the Games, the Jubilee line should be running 30 trains an hour.

CWG has also leased a 170-seater Thames Clipper ferry to increase boat capacity between London Bridge and Canary Wharf.

There is also now 300 docking stations for Barclays Cycle Hire on the estate.

However, despite confidence from CWG there will be a number of rush-hours which are likely to see large congestion at Canary Wharf during the Games.

They run from Friday, August 3 to Thursday, August 9. During these periods waits of over half an hour are possible.