Hybrid working could end rush-hours

Rush hour could be a thing of the past as commuters turn their backs on traditional working patterns in favour of more flexible and hybrid alternatives, according to the findings of a new study.

The poll conducted on behalf of vehicle subscription specialist Wagonex revealed most working-age Brits want to work more flexibly in future, splitting their time between the office and working remotely.

An Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey that found 85% of those currently homeworking would seek a hybrid of home and office working in future, which could lead to an end to the UK’s well established rush hours (6am-9am and 4pm to 6.30pm), with traffic congestion on roads and passenger surges on rail and bus services happening unexpectedly at different times of the day and on different times of the week.

Toby Kernon, founder and CEO of Wagonex – the UK’s leading vehicle subscription specialist which aims to make car ownership more flexible and adaptable, said: “There are huge benefits to hybrid working. Individuals will be able to achieve a better work/life balance and businesses will have happier, more productive staff. With fewer people traveling to offices there could also be an environmental benefit and improvements in air quality.

“But one big downside is that life could well become even tougher for commuters. If employees can choose on which days they go to the office and have more flexibility in their working hours, it will become incredibly difficult to predict when and where travel peaks will occur.

“Commuters who drive to work may find they breeze into the office one day and then are stuck in tailbacks the next and those using public transport may be alone in carriages and on buses one day and packed in like sardines the next.”