A business case looking into the possibility of connecting the Gold Coast light rail over the border to the Tweed could begin by the end of the year.
The Queensland and NSW Governments signed a deal earlier this year, committing to looking at improving cross-border public transport.
In August, Queensland released an Expression of Interest for a consultant to carry out the study. Transport NSW is now looking over the shortlist of consultant before the successful tenderer is announced later this year.
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“The NSW Liberals and Nationals committed $1 million at the last election to investigate the potential for light rail in the Tweed, and I’m pleased to say we are delivering on that commitment,” NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said.
“The study will see NSW identify a suitable five-kilometre corridor for a future light rail extension from Coolangatta to the Tweed, while Queensland will investigate the corridor to the north.”
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said the study would focus on various ways of connecting the Tweed and Gold Coast, including the airport and university.
“This area is a global gateway, with about 30,000 daily cross-border commuter trips between Tweed Shire and Gold Coast occurring every day before COVID-19 restrictions came into place,” Mr Provest said.
“We know we’ll see those numbers again when border closures lift, so it’s important we look at ways now to help make public transport a first-choice option for people in the region by exploring our options.
“The study will also look at how other forms of transport, including buses, cycling and walking could be integrated and improved if the Gold Coast light rail is extended south of the Queensland border.”