How did travel times across Sydney change over Easter?
You may - or may not be - surprised to see that average travel times across Sydney during Easter increased rather than decreased or stayed the same. Despite government restrictions and increased police patrols targeting inter-state travellers, some travel times increased quite significantly. Here are trip times for 5 arterial roads across Sydney.
1. M1: towards the Central Coast
The first road we looked at was the M1 between Sydney's North Shore and the Central Coast. Over Good Friday, average trip times between Sydney's North Shore & Gosford increased 43%. That's a trip increase of ~30min compared to the week prior.
2. The Spit Bridge: Manly towards the City
The second road we looked at was the Spit Bridge for city-bound traffic. Over Good Friday, average trip times between Manly towards theCity increased 75%! Trip times almost doubled compared to the week prior.. yikes.
3. M1: Sydney's North towards Sydney's South
The third road we analysed was the M1, looking at traffic flowing from Sydney North towards the South. We found there was a 33–35% increase in trip times, adding ~7 minutes to the average trip
4. ANZAC Bridge: City traffic towards Homebush
The fourth road we looked at was the Anzac Bridge, for traffic moving out of the city and back towards the inner west. There was a 3% decrease in trip times - the only road on this list where we found trip times to be faster than the week prior.
5. M5: Liverpool towards Sydney Airport
The final road we looked at was the M5, with traffic between Liverpool traveling to Sydney Airport. We found there was another 75% increase in trip times - or roughly an extra ~10 minutes added to your trip in this direction compared to the previous week.
Visualisations for the 6th, 10th and 11th of April
Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 6th of April 2020
Compared to the first week of March, the traffic volumes across Sydney have decreased significantly, particularly for private vehicles.
There were decreases in volumes for both AM and PM peak hours, in both directions of traffic.When compared to the first week of March, restricted mobility is seen by a reduction in the number of individual journeys and less activity in our visualisation
Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 10th of April 2020
Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 11th of April 2020
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