A councillor has spoken out against the state government’s Cross River Rail plans on the Gold Coast.
Hinterland based Glenn Tozer says while trains and public transport are primarily the responsibility of the state government, their decisions can create issues for local roads, pathways, community safety and congestion.
Recently, the state government unveiled plans for the three train stations to be built on the Gold Coast, as part of the Cross River Rail project.
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One is to be built in Pimpama, one in Helensvale North, and the third in Merrimac, just off Gooding Drive (exit 77), between Jondique Avenue and Bourton Road.
All three stations are set to be up and running as part of the Cross River Rail network throughout the southeast by 2024.
Last night, Councillor Tozer took to social media to voice his concern over the positioning of the Merrimac station, saying it should be built further north.
“Locals would know that traffic congestion is already very difficult on most days in this area, due to school traffic at St Michaels and All Saints, and the single lane merge to the M1 at the Gooding Drive interchange.
“Frankly, I’m not convinced this is the right location for a train station and Park’n’Ride.
“Just 1km north is a large industrial area off the Elysium Drive (Exit 75) interchange.
“The precinct is home to Tip Top Bakeries, Downer Engineering, the City of Gold Coast Fleet depot, VISY recycling and hundreds of other workers who drive to work every day.
“Over the M1 from this precinct is the single largest residential development currently planned for the Gold Coast, Pacific View Estate, where 10,000 people will come to live over the coming 10-15 years.
“This Elysium Drive industrial precinct is a better location for the Merrimac Station and Park’n’Ride, particularly if it could be connected to Gooding Drive by pathways and bikeways.
“It gives room to grow for the Park’n’Ride and plans for the future growth residential growth to the west. It avoids adding traffic congestion to an already busy area.
“If the Robina and Varsity station carparks are any indication, it is clear we need better options for peak hour commuters. What is currently proposed is just not enough,” Councillor Tozer’s Facebook post reads (posted in full below).
He’s now calling on locals to take advantage of the state government’s consultation period, to make sure Gold Coasters have their say before it’s too late.
“The state government has invited submissions and if this issue matters to you, I encourage you to follow the link below and offer this suggested alternative, or your own if you have one,” the post reads.
To submit suggestions for the Cross River Rail stations or for more information, click here.