Taking the stress out of train strikes with flexible working
Gilbert K Chesterton, 20th century poet and writer ruefully said “the only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.” Getting to the station on time can be a punishing task. Even if commuters manage to circumvent the many diversions and distractions along the way, there’s no assurance the trains will run to schedule.
There’s a plethora of reasons why commuters’ best laid travel plans derail from signal failures to broken down trains. Just recently crowds of commuters were stranded on packed trains for over an hour and a huge stretch of the London Overground line ground to a halt thanks to a power cut on the line.
In 2016, Southern Rail alone cancelled nearly 60,000 trains. Last year, figures revealed that trains are running later than any other time in the past ten years. Add industrial action to the mix, and it makes sense that over half (53%) of employed adults arrive to work stressed due to problems with their commute.
So why don’t more people work from home?