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Sydney Passes First Test

Release Date: 6/10/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the first morning of the Sydney CBD bus changes as a success, but urged more commuters to travel outside of peak times to take the pressure off the public transport system.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “Whilst today is just the beginning of the long haul until the CBDSE light rail and other major city projects are completed, the positive feedback from commuters shows that Sydney is managing the change process without the chaos and confusion many anticipated.
“A walk through the CBD between 7am-8am showed that many commuters had already heeded the call to arrive out of the peak, and we would urge more people to consider changing their daily work pattern.
“The coffee queues are shorter before 8am, and with daylight saving those who choose to start early and finish before the 5pm peak will get the benefit of the extra daylight hours.
“The transformation that Sydney is undergoing will dwarf even the Sydney Olympic project but like the 2000 Games will create a legacy for Sydney that will be acknowledged around the world for years to come.
“For too long Sydney has won on being friendly, clean and liveable but failed as a great city on its public transport and road congestion.
“Investment in infrastructure by both the NSW Government and the private sector is creating an unprecedented level of employment in the CBD and is a vote of confidence in Sydney’s future as a global city, but there is no magic wand to complete the construction phase without disruption.
“Employers who have not yet considered the work pattern of their employees to encourage flexibility need to give this a priority and consider too issues such as the time and place of meetings and other opportunities to reduce city access particularly in peak times,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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