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Limited access to efficient transport options has long been the lament of commuters to the Sydney CBD. But for some, getting to the office each day is now easier than ever.

Let’s be honest. Sydney may have one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, but our transport system hasn’t exactly been a source of great pride. A recent AMP/Natsem Report into the state of commuting in Australia found that Sydney had the longest average commute times of all capital cities - edging close to six hours per week - confirming the frustration felt by the city’s workers on a daily basis.

A study conducted by Canada’s University of Waterloo discovered a direct link between commute time and well-being. The findings, published in World Leisure Journal, concluded that people with the longest commutes have the lowest overall satisfaction with life. Traffic congestion topped the list for reasons why commuters experience increased stress. The lack of physical leisure time was a close second.

It seems the ability of workers to get in and out of the harbour city is in for a much needed boost. The development of Barangaroo has been the catalyst for a once-in-a-generation boom in public transport infrastructure investment in and around the CBD. Some of the new transport solutions nearing completion include:

  • Wynyard Walk now allows pedestrians to get from Wynyard transport hub, including the soon to be completed George Street light rail, to the Barangaroo waterfront in approximately four minutes, avoiding steep inclines and road crossings. A highly efficient car-free connection to all parts of the city, including Sydney Airport;
  • The existing Wynyard bus interchange has been boosted with additional bus routes to service Hickson Road and the Barangaroo precinct;
  • A new ferry hub at Barangaroo will service the new commercial district at International Towers Sydney and, via Wynyard Walk, provide new ferry access to the centre of the CBD;
  • A future new Metro Station at Central Barangaroo;
  • Extensive walking and cycle paths connecting the precinct to cultural icons along the harbour foreshore and to the wider CBD.

Thanks to infrastructure investment and new road usage laws, Sydney is slowly but surely becoming a more bicycle-friendly CBD. Recognising the growing appetite by fitness-conscious professionals to choose pedal power, International Towers Sydney at Barangaroo has created world-class end-of-journey facilities, along with parking for more than 1,000 bicycles. Online tools and resources provided by City of Sydney are also facilitating greater understanding of how to navigate into and out of the city by bicycle.

The University of Waterloo study found that commuters who were able to make time for physical activity were able to combat some of the negative effects of a long commute. With cycling playing the dual role of both efficient mode of transport and opportunity for exercise, it’s clear many time-poor professionals with a desire to manage their wellbeing as productively as possible are taking advantage of Sydney’s love affair with two wheels, and the new class of professional travel facilities, like those available at International Towers Sydney, are able to kill two proverbial birds each day.

In fact, on completion, Barangaroo may be one of the most connected precincts in the city, with easy access by foot, car, bus, train, light rail, ferry and bicycle.

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