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Traffic not affected by stay-at-home workers

THE ADVENT of teleworking has had little effect on travel demand, cites the latest issue of the ICE transport journal.

Only 4% of the UK working population has so far chosen to work from home.

Despite forecasts that teleworking would cut projected growth in UK traffic congestion by up to 70%, transport researcher G. Lyons from Southampton University said that people were unconvinced.

He reports the findings of an EC funded trial in which 24 people from four major UK businesses were offered the opportunity to work from home. They chose to work at home only 1.2 days a week on average but all but one wished to continue after the trial.

One third of major employers said their organisation was not suitable for teleworking.

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