How to make the right travel choice for your commute to the office
10 June, 2020

How to make the right travel choice for your commute to the office

Transport is a key part of NSW’s plan for a COVID safe economy, helping people safely move around and return to jobs.

Sydney’s largest employers were briefed recently on the NSW Government’s COVID Safe Transport Plan.

Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said Transport for NSW’s COVID Safe Travel Choices helps employers plan for the return to work as restrictions ease. COVID Safe Travel Choices includes free resources supporting businesses and organisations to change the way they travel.

“Employers and their employees will play on a vital role in a COVID safe economy,” Mr Collins said.

“We’re working with businesses, organisations and local councils so together we can benefit from the new ways of working as well as understand the transport challenges.

“Travelling safely on public transport is paramount and employers should continue to provide flexible working arrangements for their employees where possible.

“The COVIDSafe Transport Plan asks customers to physically distance using new green dots marking safe places to sit and stand on trains, buses, light rail, ferries and at stops and stations. Plan ahead using trip planning Apps to see which services have space available.

“Continue to practise safe physical distancing and personal hygiene. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or use your elbow, not your hand.

“Increased cleaning continues across all modes of transport and more hand sanitiser stations are being rolled out at key transport hubs for those who need to travel.

“Active transport is key. We are working with local councils to establish pop up cycleways and better pedestrian access.

“Special event-style parking is in place at Moore Park for those who can drive and then jump on a light rail shuttle into the city. Other locations will be rolled out soon.

“We’re encouraging businesses to continue flexible working and for individuals to consider driving, walking, cycling or a combination of travel modes,” Mr Collins said.

2019 Travel Choices Awards winner Optus has taken lessons learnt from the Epping to Chatswood rail shut down and expanded on them to support staff during COVID-19.

“As Optus plans our employees’ safe return to the workplace, we are ensuring we minimise employees’ need to travel during peak times. We recognise that as a large Australian employer, we have a responsibility to consider our community obligation to help with social distancing on public transport – it’s safer for our employees and better for the community,” said Andrew Sheridan, Optus Vice President Regulatory and Public Affairs.

Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) is another large employer planning a safe return to the workplace.

“We are working closely with our people as part of our planning to allow them to return to the workplace in a phased manner. This will be done in a way that reflects government health guidance, the maintenance of physical distancing rules, the needs of the business and most importantly the wellbeing and health of our people. Only when we are satisfied that all of those requirements can be met will we start to bring our people back to their main workplaces,” said Sian Lewis CBA Group Executive for HR.

For more information:

Download safe travel action plan resources and other useful tools visit mysydney.com.au/travelchoices

Download the COVIDSafe app the voluntary app helps protect you by using technology to quickly identify if you’ve been in close contact with someone with Coronavirus.

Keep up to date with the latest advice about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) visit nsw.gov.au

For COVID-19 travel advice, visit transportnsw.info

For COVID Safe Workplace advice, go to SafeWork Australia 

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