Penrith City

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Penrith City, there is a lower proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales workforce.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for Penrith City is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of public transport.

There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:

  • The availability of affordable and effective public transport options between place of residence and place of work (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from within a household; and
  • The travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.

Method of Travel to Work data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence and resident place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in Penrith City, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
Penrith City - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver40,81352.143.248,52670.757.7-7,713
Car, as passenger3,2274.13.23,9475.84.3-720
Motorbike/Motor scooter2620.30.43380.50.6-76
Other - multiple methods3280.40.56891.01.2-361
Walked only1,0981.42.51,2401.83.9-142
Worked at home17,11221.831.32,6873.94.9+14,425
Did not go to work12,28815.713.26,3029.28.7+5,986
Not stated2960.40.56090.91.0-313
Total 78,352100.0100.068,597100.0100.0+9,755

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 1,712 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Penrith City, compared with 45,232 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in Penrith City in 2021 compared to the New South Wales workforce within Penrith City shows that 2.2% used public transport, while 57.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.9% and 47.5% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in Penrith City and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked at home (21.8% compared to 31.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (52.1% compared to 43.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who did not go to work (15.7% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (1.5% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in Penrith City between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+14,425 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (-7,713 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+5,986 local workers)
  • Train (-922 local workers)

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