Australian Travel Time Metric 2020

Australian Travel Time Metric 2020

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia has released the Australian Travel Time Metric 2020 Edition.

In our latest Australian Travel Time Metric, developed using Uber’s anonymised ride share data, we see that peak travel times across Australia’s four largest cities have not increased over the past four years. This is despite populations and demand for the roads in these cities growing substantially over this time.

With COVID-19 having hit the reset button on transport networks, there is an opportunity to reshape transport demand. We should build on the hard-won improvements of recent years and implement a range of long-overdue reforms.

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia will continue to monitor the performance of Australia’s transport networks as we emerge from this crisis and provide advice on the reforms and investments required to support the economic recovery.

Commuters travelling from Melbourne’s outer metro to the CBD spend 79 hours each year stuck in traffic


Perth recorded the fastest overall morning commute, at under 13 minutes


In 2019, commuters from Sydney’s outer metro spent 48 per cent of their trip to the CBD stuck in traffic



COVID-19 turned Sydney’s peak hour congestion into pre-pandemic evening off-peak levels, with speeds improving in some corridors by up to 70 per cent


Brisbane commuters travelling between its outer metro and the CBD experienced the lowest share of peak delays, compared to other major cities

All cities except Melbourne experienced bigger delays driving from inner to outer metropolitan areas in the morning peak, compared to the evening


    Travel time from the Airport to Sydney’s CBD was 87 per cent longer in the morning peak –the most delay for any city’s airport corridor.

    Despite being the second longest in distance, the evening peak trip from Brisbane’s CBD to the Airport corridor was the quickest and least delayed for any city during a peak period. The trip was under 21 minutes with just a six per cent delay

    Over the four years leading up to 2020, the delay in travelling from Perth’s CBD to Airport decreased by 42 per cent – the biggest drop for any airport corridor


    Melbourne’s reliability in peak trip times deteriorated by 22 per cent in the four years since 2015, while Sydney’s worsened by 16 per cent 

    Reliability in peak trip times was similar across the four cities, with Brisbane leading the pack with the lowest coefficient of variation for travel times



    Watch our CEO Adrian Dwyer outline the key findings from the report


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    Adrian Dwyer
    Chief Executive Officer
    Infrastructure Partnerships Australia


    +61 2 9152 6000

    Jon Frazer
    Director, Policy and Research
    Infrastructure Partnerships Australia


    +61 2 9152 6017


    Prabash Sedara

    Infrastructure Partnerships Australia


    +61 2 9152 6021

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