The Gold Coast Airport is in for a much need upgrade, with a second entryway planned for the south side.
It’ll be built right on the border, providing easier access for those in New South Wales, while taking pressure off the current entry point along the Gold Coast Highway.
The project is expected to cost around $12 million, with the Queensland government today committing $6.5 million. New South Wales will cover the rest.
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“The cost to build this new entryway is estimated to be about $12 million and, considering it will be constructed on the border, we will split the costs 50/50 with NSW,” said Queensland’s Transport Minister Mark Bailey.
“The NSW Government has already contributed funding for planning and expressed interest in that deal.
“My department has started discussions with their NSW counterparts and will work through the details as part of planning over the next 12 months,” he said.
Despite the drop off in activity at the airport, the government says now is the time to plan the project, which will be much needed when things pick up again.
“Before COVID-19 arrived, the Gold Coast Airport was the sixth busiest airport in Australia, with about 6.4 million people passing through its gates each year,” Mr Bailey said.
“Even with the drop off in flights, there is still more than 2000 people employed in the airport precinct, making it one of the largest employment hubs on the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast Airport is the closest major airport for a large catchment of people in NSW, so it makes sense to build a new southern entryway which will take pressure off the northern entrance at Tugun.
“This project also adds to the planning our government is doing for future light rail and heavy rail services to meet at the airport,” he said.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills says he looks forward to the delivery.
“We expect most passengers will use this road to access the airport precinct – whether they are coming from Queensland or NSW.
“But this project will also improve traffic flow around the precinct for Southern Cross University students and guests in the newly built Rydges hotel.
“Once travel restrictions ease and our business begins to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, this project will be central to managing growth in this precinct for many years to come,” Mr Mills said.
Safety and traffic flow in the Gold Coast Airport precinct will be improved in the longer term thanks to commitments from the @QldGov and @TransportforNSW for the design of a new airport entryway. It will benefit visitors from both states. Full story: https://t.co/9N7GhtyXwW pic.twitter.com/nTkbny9Kif
— Gold Coast Airport (@gcairport) August 18, 2020