Gold Coast Council proposing ‘left turn on red light’ to ease congestion

Being able to turn left on red lights could soon become a reality for Gold Coast motorists with City of Gold Coast today supporting the “congestion busting” initiative.

Gold Coast Council has also thrown its support behind ‘timed clearways’, an initiative which they say would get “cars moving on the road” at a “low cost to the community”.

“We’ve got existing pavement on our roads, much of it just sitting there being unused in peak hour,” Cr Cameron Caldwell said.


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“Those areas can be used for congestion busting initiatives.”

Cr Caldwell recommended the busy Marine Parade at Southport would be the ideal location to trial the clearways.

“I think Marine Parade at Southport during the recreational peak would be a wonderful way to see
us get cars moving on our roads,” he said.

“We’ve seen this in Capital Cities, but why not use it here in the City of Gold Coast.”

Cr Pauline Young said City of Gold Coast wants to explore “every avenue that’s going to help with congestion on our roads” – one of them being left turn on red signals.

“We trialed it back in 2013 at three intersections with great results,” she said.

“We’re now wanting to trial it further as the Coast becomes busier and busier.”

Cr Young said they’re now waiting on feedback from State Government to get a further trial in place.

“As a Council, we want to explore relieving our congestion so lets work together to make sure our traffic is moving more freely.”

What are your thoughts, would you like to see timed clearways and turn left on red light signals on the Gold Coast? Let us know in the comment section below…

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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why was the free left turn taken away from the front of Southport BMW? Now traffic waiting for pedestrians to cross holds up all traffic going straight? more free real estate for a ‘friend of the council’ at the cost to congestion? i dunno, seems weird to me. why was smith street three lanes not extended to bottleneck that’s been there for YEARS? the top of the hill on the industrial park onramp. merging traffic + slowly accelerating trucks = congestion. let them merge after the crest of the hill. this banks up for miles everyday! let people get home… Read more »

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