Sydney commuters Harbouring a grudge
Photo © 2006 AAP/Sergio Dionisio
Seriously, where are all these jetpacks we were promised?
Figures that show Sydney's `peak hour' traffic actually lasts four hours on some roads should come as no surprise, NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says.
The state's Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) department has released data revealing that on the M4 between Clyde and Concord the morning peak period lasts from 5.35am until 9.50am.
The peak period on the City Westlink, in the inner west, lasts between 6am and 8.45am, while on the M5 and M5 East, in the southwest, it's between 5.15am and 8.15am.
"I don't think it's a surprise to anyone who over the last decade, in Sydney, has been looking for ways to get to work quicker and easier, that they have to get up earlier or spend more time (on the roads)," Mr Gay told reporters on Thursday.
He said the state government has spent $200 million trying to improve "pinch points" where traffic gets clogged regularly.
But he conceded there was plenty more to do.
"We don't have to put up with it forever. But we're working to make it better," Mr Gay added.
He said some of the times listed in the report could be high because of road works.
Of course, the complete lack of jetpack travel has not helped either….just sayin’.
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