The Daily Telegraph

Work from home to avoid crowds, No 10 tells Londoners

- By Robert Mendick and Ben Riley-smith

DOWNING Street has advised London commuters to work from home this week over fears the capital will be overwhelme­d with royal well-wishers.

More than a million mourners are expected to make the pilgrimage to London in the days after the late Queen’s body is brought back to Buckingham Palace from Scotland today.

Hundreds of thousands of people will queue to file past her coffin over four days lying in state in Westminste­r Hall, while huge crowds are anticipate­d for the funeral on Monday.

Amid concerns over a creaking transport system, No 10 suggested that London commuters – if they could – should work from home in the next seven days.

Asked if commuters should travel into the city, Liz Truss’s spokesman said that “London will be busy” and “some people may wish to change their working patterns accordingl­y. But not everyone will have that ability”.

Unions said employers should allow staff the chance to pay their respects. The Trades Union Congress said in a statement: “Employers should show understand­ing and flexibilit­y to staff who wish to visit the Queen while she lies in state.”

Jon Richards, assistant general secretary at Unison, said: “Many people will want to pay their respects to the Queen this week. Employers should be flexible when considerin­g requests for leave.”

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