A tale of 4 Councils: What trip origin data looks like across different areas of Sydney
How has mobility changed across individual Sydney municipalities? We looked at four different councils across Greater Sydney to compare data from the 24th of April, 2020.
1. Woollahra Council (12 sq Km)
Edgecliff Station on New South Head rd.
The second set of hotspost were in Vaucluse, at the bus stops situated near the roundabout that joins Old South Head Road and New South Head Road. The 380, 324, L24 bus services frequent these stops en route to Edgecliff, Bondi Junction, and Walsh Bay. We did find that, although technically just outside of Woollahra Council boundaries, Bondi Junction train station was a significant origin hotspot. This possibly explains the popularity of buses along these roads - that people are traveling to train stations.
Vaucluse bus stops on New South Head Rd and Old South Head Rd.
The final hotspots were along New South Head road. Although less impressive visually, the origin hotspots along this road line up almost exactly with the placements of bus stops along the length of this entire road.
Bus stops along New South Head rd.
2. Canada Bay Council (19.82 sq Km)
Canada Bay Municipality encompasses suburbs such as Abbotsford, Breakfast Point, Five Dock, and Drummoyne. The first origin hotspots were around Bayswater Road, Victoria Road, and the bus interchange at Lyons Road opposite Renwick Street. These origin clusters all corresponded with bus stops, including Bayswater Road at the corner of Westbourne Road - another bus stop adjacent to Drummoyne Oval.
Bayswater Road and Lyons/Victoria Road.
A second noticeable origin hotspot was the intersection of Wilga street, Burwood Road, and Shaftesbury Road. These three roads intersect at Burwood Westfield - a bus hub. Similarly, there are clusters of origins all along Burwood Road, down to Railway Parade. These origins correspond with the bus stops along Burwood Road as well as Burwood railway.
Westfield Burwood and Burwood Train Station
The final origin hotspot in Canada Bay Council was Albert Road, outside of Strathfield Train Station. Other honourable mentions include Sydney Olympic Park Showgrounds, between Dawn Fraser Avenue and Murray Rose Avenue.
Strathfield Train Station
3. Bayside Council (50 sq Km)
Bayside Council Municipality encompasses suburbs such as Arncliffe, Botany, Rockdale, and Brighton-le-Sands.
The first hotspot was along Kingsgrove Road and Shaw Street. This Area lies on the very edge of Bayside Council boundaries, close to Kingsgrove Train Station and three bus stops along Kingsgrove Road. there is also a commuter carpark in Shaw Street.
Area around Kingsgrove Train Station and Shaw Street.
The second origin hotspot was the areas either side of Rockdale Train Station, including the bus interchanges along the Princes Highway, Railway Street, and Geeves Avenue.
Rockdale Train Station and bus interchange
The final hotspot we found within Bayside Council was at the bus interchange at Westfield Eastgardens, with some less populated origin points also clustering around bus stops on Tingwell Boulevard, Bunnerong Road, and Wentworth Avenue. Other honourable origin hotspot mentions include:
4. Central Coast (1,681 sq Km)
By far the largest council on this list, Central Coast Council encompasses suburbs such as Avoca Beach, Tuggerah, Wyong, Erina, all the way up through Terrigal.
We found that origin hotspots within the Central Coast Council tended to be more sparse, originating across wider areas. For example, one hotspot we identified was the Somersby, next to the Old Pacific Highway and up towards the Australian Reptile Park.
Somersby by Old Pacific Highway.
The second origin cluster we identified was Gosford Train station, including the area along Mann Street and Erina Street East.
Gosford Train Station and origins along Mann Street area.
The Final hotspot we identified was Woy Woy Train station, including the bus interchange and numerous bus stops where Brisbane Water Drive becomes Railway street and Blackwall Road, and around the commuter carpark along Railway Street. Other honourable mentions for origin hotspots within this council include:
Woy Woy Station and surrounding bus stops
Visualisations for the 20th, 24th and 25th of April
Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 20th of April 2020
Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 24th of April 2020
Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 25th of April 2020
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