Re: Sydney transport

Some of the times shown here for PT options are a bit dubious.
Parramatta to Wynyard by train: 33 mins Limited stops, 51 minutes all
Manly to Town Hall: 30 minutes by normal ferry to Circular Quay, 10-15
max for train transfer to TH. Less with fast ferry service.
Marrickville to CBD: They have ignored train service which takes just
13 minutes.

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Subject:[TramsDownUnder] Sydney transport


Edward Boyd and Campbell Gellie, The Daily TelegraphMarch 9, 2019
7:15am [1] [2] [3]

Sydney’s choked roads are driving motorists crazy, with traffic on
the busiest routes up 50 per cent and car registrations increasing 24
per cent over the past decade.

Research suggests the congestion crisis is not only sending us round
the bend, it is making us fat and unhealthy, and is hurting our

Figures compiled by The Saturday Telegraph underscore why Sydney’s
gridlock has become a key election battleground for both sides of
politics.Which is faster: car, bike or train?

Analysis of traffic on major toll roads has found that the number of
average daily trips on the M7 increased by 53 per cent from 2008 to
2018, while traffic on the Hills M2 was up 45 per cent, on the M5 was
up 30 per cent, and the M1 Eastern Distributor and M4 increased by 21
per cent.

Roads and Maritime Services statistics show the average time
motorists spend on Sydney’s worst roads has increased even since
October last year.

The problem has been highlighted by an investigation by The Saturday
Telegraph which found that cycling or catching public transport to the
CBD is quicker than driving from Manly, Marrickville, Ryde and

On the Hume Highway the afternoon peak commute increased from 19
minutes in October to 23 minutes in February. It was worse on the M5
where the morning peak increased from 34 minutes to 40 minutes while
Anzac Pde’s afternoon peak blew out from 19 minutes to 23 minutes.
There are now 5.6 million vehicles on the road in NSW — 1.1 million
more than ten years ago.Saskia van der Put, of Marrickville, says of
cycling: ‘It’s easy to stop for errands ... we don’t get stick
in traffic and we have no parking stress.’ Picture: Jonathan Ng

The average Sydney motorist spends an hour commuting to and from work
and that can lead to serious flow-on health effects, according to
Australian Catholic University Professor Takemi Sugiyama.

His research found commuters who spent that time in their cars each
day are about 2.3kg fatter, have bigger waists by about 1.5cm, and
have higher blood pressure and blood sugar levels compared to those
whose journey to work took less than 15 minutes.

“This is five days a week and it is that accumulation of this
impact which could have a substantial impact on people’s health,”
he said.

Prof Sugiyama said public transport commuters weren’t as vulnerable
because they often walked to bus stops or train stations and sometimes
had to stand while moving.Traffic city-bound on Victoria Rd,
Gladesville. The 7.5km journey from the Gladesville bridge to Surry
Hills took 1 hour and 20 min on Monday morning. Picture: John Grainger

Psychologist Josephine Gravina said people who spent a lot of time in
traffic weren’t as happy as others.

“It could be argued that the psychological effect of sitting in
traffic has more to do with how the experience is perceived,” she
said. “If it is perceived as a stressor, then continued exposure to
traffic may have a negative impact on psychological health over

Psychotherapist and counsellor Dan Auerbach said traffic jams raised
stress, anxiety and anger levels.

“For those of us who have difficulty managing frustration because
we are anxious or find it hard to manage stress, being stuck in
traffic can easily tip us over into strong anger,” he said.

It can then take up to an hour for a person to be fully calm again,
he said.

“That anger can spill over into our relationships at home or at
work. Residents polled in Los Angeles stated that traffic was of
greater concern to them than personal finances or safety, showing how
negatively people feel about being stuck in traffic.”Rail commuter
Rochelle Davies. Picture: Tim Hunter.

NRMA analysis has found that the average Sydney household spends a
whopping $22,393 on transport costs each year — an alarming 15 per
cent of their average income.

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said Sydney was the most expensive city
for families in terms of transport costs.

“The fact that the average family is dishing out more than 15 per
cent of their annual income just to get to work and school means
families are left with little to spend on themselves.”

Manly resident Jonny Harrison cycles into work in the city every day
for fitness and his mental wellbeing.

“When I ride it gives me time to think about my work day and create
some space from work so when I walk through the door I can be really
present for my wife and kids,” he said.

Rochelle Davies is an inner city worker from Western Sydney who says
the train is her easiest option.Jonny Harrison on his daily commute
from Manly to the City. Picture: Tim Hunter

“The roads of a morning are like a carpark, I’ve been doing the
commute on the train for seven years,” she said. “I never even
think of driving in, it would just be too much to handle.”

Marrickville’s Saskia van de Put cycles because it is a better way
to travel. “We use the bike to commute and for leisure, we travel
and arrive happier, energised and sometimes even faster at our
destination,” she said.

Demographer Mark McCrindle said people in Sydney had one of the
longest commutes in Australia. “Many don’t have a choice, because
of affordability they had to move further away from where they want to
live,” he said.


Armed with billions of ­taxpayer dollars, the Coalition and Labor
are in an election duel over who has the best ­answers to Sydney’s
transport problems.

Since the campaign began both the Liberal/Nationals and Labor have
pledged billions of dollars to fix our roads and have set aside
upwards of $6 billion to kickstart the Sydney Metro West project.

This week Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the Coalition would
spend $450 million fixing 12 major road bottlenecks across Sydney.

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