Sydney transport worse than Mumbai, Sao Paolo - report
Sydney has been ranked at the bottom of a list of the world’s most important 20 cities for the quality of its transport infrastructure, behind Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Mexico City, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.
With no underground metro, a shortage of taxis and worsening congestion, Sydney fell below its international peers according to the Cities of Opportunity report, compiled by the New York Chamber of Commerce and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“Why would investors be attracted to Sydney if we can’t get basic transport infrastructure right?” The newspaper quoted Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce, as saying.
“Other global cities have shown only one path for an efficient transport network, and that is metrorail. We’ve got to invest now so that we don’t have a mobility crisis in the future,” she added.
Several improvements have been promised, with a 7km metro between Rozelle and Central Station, and another metro to Parramatta, being promised. The Herald added however that a proposed AU$12 billion (US$7.9 billion) northwest metro and the AU$1.36 billion southwest rail link projects had both been shelved.