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A new report has found Sydney’s roads are being overwhelmed by people driving on busy streets, and the Government is failing to address the problem.
Key points: Roadsafe traffic system found a massive increase in drivers on the road in the first quarter of the year with more than 4 million trips a day The Government said more than 50 per cent of trips were for people on the National Broadband Network (NBN) to avoid congestion The report found traffic on Sydney’s streets is a “catch-up” process for the network to get it rightThe Government has been hit with the worst traffic data since the NBN rolled out in 2010 and has spent years trying to address congestion and make the network work better.
The report, by traffic expert and former NSW Transport Minister Simon Corbell, found that in the three months to the end of March, the number of drivers on Sydney roads exceeded 400,000.
That’s almost five times the number for the same period in 2016, when the network was still in the rollout stage.
Mr Corbell said there were three major reasons for the increase: people were driving more than usual, and many of them were driving for a variety of reasons.
“We’re now in a catch-up cycle,” he said.
“I think what we’re seeing in Sydney is that the traffic congestion we’re getting on roads is really getting to be quite significant.”
“We’ve got to find a way to get the network right, we’ve got some pretty serious problems that need to be addressed.”
A huge spike in driversThe report found that traffic on the NSW Central Coast was a “critical” bottleneck for the NBN.
“In the first half of the first year, the congestion that was being experienced was a significant issue for the rollout of the NBN,” Mr Corbell wrote.
“It’s a major concern for road users who have been unable to connect to the network.”
Mr Corbrson said that traffic had “gone from a significant congestion problem on the Central Coast to a major congestion problem in the CBD”.
“The Central Coast has become a critical bottleneck for our rollout of NBN and the CBD is increasingly a critical and vulnerable bottleneck for network performance.”
In the report, Mr Corbrusons analysis found that during the first three months of 2017, the Central coast accounted for 42 per cent (1.9 million) of the traffic on NSW Roads.
“If we continue to build and upgrade the network we can see a significant increase in congestion on the state’s Central Coast,” he wrote.
But there was also a huge spike of traffic on roads in the north-east of the state, including the Hunter, Central Coast, Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Sydney suburbs.
“The congestion in the Hunter has been growing at a rate of about 20 per cent per annum for the past three months, while in the Central Coastal region there’s been a dramatic increase of traffic,” Mr Brson said.
The Government said it was taking a “cautious approach” to traffic congestion and was trying to keep traffic on its network as “critical as possible”.
“However, we’re not doing anything to alleviate congestion at the moment, so traffic is a critical problem,” it said.
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