DISPERSAL OF EMPLOYMENT AND THE JOURNEY TO WORK-A CASE STUDY

THE FINDINGS OBTAINED ARE REPORTED OF A QUESTIONNAIRE STUDY CARRIED OUT TO ASSESS THE EFFECT ON JOURNEYS TO WORK OF MOVING A LARGE FIRM FROM CENTRAL LONDON TO THE SUBURBS. THE MOVE INVOLVED THE TRANSFER FROM CENTRAL LONDON OF APPROXIMATELY 600 JOBS. THE AIM OF THE STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE THE BENEFITS AND LOSSES (TO THE EMPLOYEES) ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOVE FROM CENTRAL LONDON. A SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED TO ELICIT INFORMATION ON THE PRESENT JOURNEY TO WORK. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE AVERAGE DAILY TIME SAVINGS ON THE JOURNEY TO WORK FOR THE STAFF AND PARTNERS NOW OVER THAT WHEN LOCATED IN CENTRAL LONDON IS APPROXIMATELY 23 MINUTES OR APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS MORE LEISURE PER WEEK. THE 240 PEOPLE TRAVEL IN 166 PRIVATE CARS. THESE CARS ORIGINATE FROM A WIDE AREA AND SOME ARE MAKING LONG JOURNEYS TO WORK. THE TOTAL COMMUNITY IMPACT OF THESE 166 CARS IS NOT ASSESSED, ALTHOUGH IT IS POINTED OUT THAT THE BIGGEST COST AS A RESULT OF THE EXPANSION OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE SUBURB IS THE INCREASE IN CAR TRAFFIC AT PEAK PERIODS. THE TOTAL CHANGE IN THE DIRECT COST OF THE JOURNEY TO WORK IS A COMPLEX QUESTION WHICH, ON THE BASIS OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE USED, CANNOT BE ADEQUATELY ANSWERED. TWO IMPORTANT QUESTIONS SEEM TO NEED AN URGENT ANSWER. FIRST, HOW FAR IS THIS MOVE TYPICAL OF THE MANY OFFICE EXPANSIONS THAT HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN PLACE IN THE SUBURBS AND SECOND, WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS ON THE ROAD NETWORK OF A WIDE DISPERSION OF OFFICES IN THE SUBURBS. /AUTHOR/

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    • Vol 1, pp 345-361
  • Authors:
    • Wabe, J S
  • Publication Date: 1967-9

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  • Accession Number: 00201533
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Traffic Systems Reviews & Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1994 12:00AM