Distance makes the day go longer for Qld commuters

New census statistics have revealed Queensland workers had the longest commute in the country, travelling on average 16.6km each day to get to work.

Courier Mail reported the data also showed more than 85 percent of Queenslanders drove their car to work, nine percent used public transport and five7 percent walked or cycled.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said Queensland’s decentralised population meant it often took locals longer to get to work.

“Queensland has some of the biggest council areas in Australia and because of that you’ve got larger distances people are travelling to work,” Dr Michael said.

“In Brisbane, we’re relatively small compared to places like Sydney and Melbourne and that makes it harder to establish demand for decentralised commercial and employment centres.”

Dr Michael said people were more likely to switch to public transport if it was effective, efficient and reliable.

“Long term we would like to see more people make that shift to public transport because that does create a more sustainable transport system and reduces congestion and pressure on our network and roads,” she said.

“We know that when people have got access to reliable, well-priced, regular public transport services where they live, obviously there is a lot lower reliance on cars.”