Sydney bus study finds no end to the congestion

The Sydney Morning Herald published results from a
report on Sydney’s bus terminus at Wynyard and the resulting congestion across
the Sydney Harbour Bridge. According to the paper, released to the Herald, the
report shows that the York Street bus stops, used by thousands of commuters
from the northern areas of Sydney, were already operating at capacity by late
The report – allegedly commissioned by the previous
NSW State Government but never released – put the cost to commuters of the
additional waiting time in congested bus lanes at $9.2million in September
2008, and at $3.7million for bus operators in lost ticket revenue and extra
operating costs. 

Many of the short-term recommendations included in the
report have already been adopted, but the increased number of services to the
city has already outpaced the expected benefits.

According to the article, the report also offered
several more ambitious suggestions which ”would have significant benefits for
bus throughput” but at additional costs or resulting in increased traffic in
other parts of the city. The recommendations included making use of old tram
tunnels under Wynyard; building a ”set down island” on York Street to provide
more space for drop-offs; and setting a Wynyard-style run of bus stops on
Grosvenor Street.

A transport masterplan is currently being developed by
Transport for NSW to address the congestion issue at Wynyard and across the
Harbour Bridge.

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