Australian transit hubs are behind global counterparts due to age, low integration with precincts, and return on property value but have a significant opportunity to add more value to communities, according to a global benchmarking index from Arcadis, the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets.

The 2018 Mobility Orientated Development (MODe) benchmarking index analyzed 27 transit hubs from across the world. Four Australian transit hubs were included in the analysis: Martin Place (Sydney), Central (Sydney), Chatswood (Sydney), and Southern Cross (Melbourne).

Vernon Daal, Urban Regeneration Strategist Australia Pacific, Arcadis: “Australian cities are facing their first urban regeneration wave, and how they deal with this in an integrated sense will define the way we move in, at and around stations for decades.

“The majority of our transit hubs are old and lack strong integration into the broader community.

“State Governments are addressing this and making huge improvements to our transit network through projects such as the Metro developments and upgrades to Central Station in Sydney, but there is still a long way to go.

“Despite the poor performance on some indicators there is strong improvement and positive momentum overall, which should see our transit hubs continue to improve with the current and planned Government investment,” Daal said.

These results follow the 2017 Arcadis Sustainable Cities Mobility Index that found Australia cities were in the bottom half of the world for sustainable and effective transport.

Mobility Oriented Development (MODe) is an integrated approach to station developments helping us to understand the future city. It provides transit choices that connect and improve many parts of people’s lives. MODe ensures that transit-hubs are maximally efficient in their main task – transporting people and goods – and they generate greater prosperity for both citizens and investors.