LESS than three weeks out from the federal election, the Morrison government has announced it will invest $45 million to upgrade three train station car parks, including here on the Gold Coast.
Federal Member for Forde, Bert Van Manen, announced on Wednesday the multi-million dollar injection will build three new commuter car parks at Beenleigh Station, Loganlea Station, and Coomera Station.
“The car parks at these railway stations routinely fill up early in the morning, leaving commuters forced to park further away from the station. This creates safety risks, particularly for commuters returning late at night, and discourages public transport use. New car parks are critical to the growing corridors in my electorate.”
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“People are sick of sitting in traffic and new commuter parking will help people get home sooner and safer,” Mr van Manen said.
“This is a great commitment, benefiting commuters from all over my electorate. It’s a transport strategy that is smart and clear and will have a real impact for the people of Forde.”
The intersection at Oxley Drive and Brisbane Road in Arundel will also be upgraded as part of the package as well as a number of roads around the Logan area.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said these projects make it easier for people to get onto the train and easily accessible station carparks is critical to this.
“These three new commuter car parks will take up to 1200 cars off the road,” Mr Tudge said.
“This entire package is a transport strategy that is smart and clear and will make a tangible effect.”
“By managing money and running a strong economy we are able to invest record funding in road and rail projects which improve the lives of so many Queenslanders.”
The projects include:
• Commuter car parking at Beenleigh Station
• Commuter car parking at Loganlea Station
• Commuter car parking at Coomera Station
• Upgrading the intersection at Oxley Drive and Brisbane Road, Arundel
• Upgrade of High Road and Easterly Street between Sabre Street and Old Logan Village
• Upgrading the Henry Road-Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin
• Upgrade the Klinger Road & Boardman Road intersection, Kippa-Ring
• Upgrading Beams Road between Lacey Road to Handford Road, Bracken Ridge
• Level crossing removal at Boundary Road, Coopers Plains
• Upgrading Rochedale Road and Priestdale Rd intersection, Priestdale
• Upgrading Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road between Milne St to Tallagandra Rd, Beenleigh
• Upgrading Chambers Flat Road between Park Ridge Road to Derby Road, Park Ridge
• Upgrading the Kenmore Roundabout at Moggill Road, Kenmore
The $45 million price tag for this announcement happens to be the exact number Gold Coast City Council had been pleading for from both federal Labor and the LNP towards Stage 3A of the light rail.
Both major parties have refused to committ extra funding on top of the $112 million already announced to get the project from Broadbeach to Burleigh off the ground.
Yesterday, Council agreed to a funding deal for the next stage in a closed session with the exact details of the funding deed remaining confidential.