Ecologica is being deliberately and misguidedly over-optimistic - as opposed to Halcrow being over-sceptical - about the effects of safe routes to school, teleworking and company travel plans ((NCE 9 May).
Halcrow may well have referred to its own experience in making judgements. Of the 24 staff at its Exeter office, only a couple live within a mile of each other and some live as much as 75km away in areas with sparse public transport.
As a subconsultant working for Halcrow, I find it is not generally acceptable to work from home as it does not allow interaction with the technicians and junior engineers who are part of the team.
However, Ecologica would serve its cause better by educating employers about the benefits of home based working and seeking to overcome the view that assumes you are skiving if you are not under the direct supervision of your manager.
Dave Rotherham, 23 Feniton Gardens, Feniton, Honiton, Devon, EX14 3DG