Sydney’s average commute times to and from work are now slower than average times from 1904, according to a new report.

“This shows just how desperately bad Sydney’s road congestion has become,” says report author Paul Cleary. “Over 115 years you’d think we’d find ways to be more efficient, not less.”

Independent logistics think tank The Sydney Traffic Institute interviewed 5,000 Sydney residents to find the average road commute time is currently 56 minutes.

“That compares to 54 minutes in 1904, when commuters were using horse drawn carriages to get to work,” says Paul Cleary.

Fuelling the traffic gridlock problem is Sydney’s fast growing population, forecast to grow from 4.9 million to 6.4 million by 2031.

“Many new immigrants to Australia are coming to live in Sydney,” says Paul Cleary. “Apartment developers are catering for the demand, but unfortunately Sydney roads are not.”

The Premier Gladys Berejiklian was not immediately available for comment.

Her advisor told Double Bay Today she’s currently addressing the building standards inquiry, but will be available for an interview shortly.

More to come.

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