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 bad Sydney’s road congestion has become,” says report author Paul Cleary. “Over 116 years you’d think we’d find ways to be more efficient, not less.”

Independent think tank The Sydney 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.”

He says COVID-19 delivered a brief reprieve to traffic levels, but adds that congestion levels are “back to normal.”

The Premier Gladys Berejiklian agreed to a face to face interview with DBT on the matter.

But her advisor told our reporter that she’s currently stuck in traffic.