Transport Research Unlocks Valuable Insights

In late 2019 Essendon Fields commissioned research to further understand our community and to assess the transport usage of staff based in the precinct. The findings from the survey will be used in the plan of future infrastructure to support the needs of the growing number of employees at EF.

The survey took place from October and November 2019 and more than 610 respondents (12% of overall employees) provided information on what their journey to and from Essendon Fields looks like.

HOW WE GET TO WORK

More than 90% of employees based at EF travel to work by car. Interestingly, this number was a reduction by 3% on survey data from 2016. Since the introduction of a dedicated free shuttle to Essendon Station during peak morning and afternoon times in 2016, there has been an 6% increase of public transport use.

For 80% of our employees travel time to work is under 45 minutes (35% take less than 30 mins to get to work each morning).

CAR USE DECREASING

Whilst the majority of us still drive to work, this has decreased since 2016, and while most of us are the only passenger in the car (92%), a third of us would consider carpooling in the future with someone else that works at Essendon Fields.

57% of drivers would also consider tasking public transport in the future if connections were improved.

WHERE WE COME FROM

Other interesting info to come from the research included the locality of workers with more than 80% of EF workers residing in Melbourne’s North or West suburbs. Information obtained from the survey will be used when Essendon Fields reviews its transport options and provide support for the introduction of dedicated PTV services through our precinct.

WE LOVE OUR BUS

86% of people that use public transport to get to work incorporate the free Essendon Station shuttle into their journey. Users of the free shuttle bus were generally very happy with the service, with 77% noting they are satisfied with the service.

The peak times the shuttle is currently used are the 8.15am and 8.45am morning services, and the 5.15pm and 5.45pm afternoon services.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS

Thanks again to everyone that took the time to complete this survey and congratulations to the winners of our prizes – VW Essendon had the largest portion of employees complete the survey and were awarded a $500 Mr McCracken voucher while Justin Cassar from VicRoads was the recipient of a $200 Visa Card.