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Small businesses affected by London travel disruption

Anyone travelling into London over the coming months, should be aware that there are major upgrades underway to several mainline stations across London, lots of major events taking place that will mean road closures and continued work on the Tube. The result is a lot of disruption to travellers, whichever mode of transport they are using.

Most of August sees upgrade work at Waterloo Station, about which Sue Terpilowski OBE, FSB London Policy Chair has commented widely in the media: ‘Whilst our members will be doing everything they can to work flexibly around the disruption to rail services at Waterloo and other mainline stations across London this month, there will be lasting implications for small businesses already on tight margins.

‘This is peak season for tourism and for those businesses in the hospitality or retail sectors the impact will be felt more keenly. Many restaurants, hotels and shops will experience cancelled bookings and lost sales that will not be recovered when the work at the stations is completed.

‘Some small businesses are able to allow staff to work at home, but many cannot. Whatever approach they take, will cost time and money to arrange, which at a time when the cost of doing business in the capital is rising, they can ill afford.’ 

Visitors to London can stay up to date about problems & disruptions to transport in and around London, check out the TfL website, & subscribe to receive regular updates.

For notifications follow @TflTravel Alerts, for official advice and planned works info for Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and Trams. For businesses using roads or making deliveries, you can sign up to receive the Tfl Road Freight Bulletin. For a traffic impact map on current works for August click here.