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New survey reveals longer commute times Australia-wide

Aug 1, 2019Uncategorized

A new survey from Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) has revealed that commuters are suffering across Australia with commuting times soaring.

NSW has a 51 minute average commute time but this has increased by 23% since the earliest survey in 2002. Sydneysiders are the worst off out of all Australian states and cities with the average return commute taking 71 minutes, a 17% increase from 2002.

It is clear that infrastructure is unable to keep up with population growth.

Longer commuting times mean people spend more time away from family and friends, have poorer health and are unhappy overall. Lines at the bus stop and packed buses only result in commuters wanting to move towards the city and add more stress to the overworked urban public transport network.

In fact, commuters are even asking for buses to be reinstated in the Hills area.

Tram and Bus Division President, Daniel Jaggers said, “the new Sydney Metro has only meant more buses taken off competing routes for people trying to get to work. The daily commute is getting longer because people have to change trains and go through additional stations when they used to have a bus straight to their destination. What commuters have now is an unnecessary extra step in their journey.”
“What’s been done has added pressure to an already overloaded public transport network and it’s stressing out staff and drivers. They need to expand the network, not force commuters from one crowded mode of transport to another. The government needs to take responsibility for its decisions and genuinely plan for the future with the public in mind and not political considerations.”