Outer suburbs left behind by lack of public transport access

Outer suburbs left behind by lack of public transport access

Growing communities on the outskirts of our major cities are being left behind by a lack of access to public transport, according to a new report from Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor.

The newest release in Infrastructure Australia’s Reform Series, Outer Urban Public Transport: Improving accessibility in lower-density areas, assesses the frequency and accessibility of public transport services in our major cities as we prepare for unprecedented population growth in coming years.

Infrastructure Australia Executive Director of Policy and Research, Peter Colacino said: “With the release of this new report, Outer Urban Public Transport, Infrastructure Australia is calling on state governments to improve the efficiency of existing transport networks and consider new models to service communities in the growing outer suburbs.

“While existing transport infrastructure serves inner city areas well, people living on the outskirts of our major cities are being disadvantaged by a lack of access to frequent public transport services. This impacts their ability to access jobs, education and other opportunities to improve their quality of life.

“Close to half the population of our five largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide – live in the outer suburbs, however our research shows that people living in these areas experience lower levels of service and accessibility to public transport, poor service frequencies and longer travel times compared to inner city residents.