The northern Gold Coast will receive a massive $16.4 million injection into its bus services, in a bid to connect the growing region with other areas.
Suburbs including Ormeau, Pimpama and Coomera are all set to benefit from the improvement package, which is a joint venture between the State Government and the City of Gold Coast.
The multi-million dollar funding package will go towards trials of new or upgraded bus services over the next three years.
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says it’s massively needed to assist the ever-growing population.
“This improvement package will deliver trial services to growing and significant residential developments for the first time, increasing access to jobs, education and essential services,” Mr Bailey says.
“This funding will also see a bus service connecting locals to the recently opened Pimpama Sports Hub, and planned upgrades also include a new network that responds to and serves the new Cross River Rail Pimpama Station, which is targeting completion in late 2024.”
Added routes also include more services covering Pimpama, as well as services to the growing area of Jacob’s Well.
Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates says previously services have been ineffective as there simply wasn’t enough, but now families will be able to benefit from the 700 new services each week.
“We have 50% of our population now living in the northern Gold Coast and I think the figure is 27% of them are under 15 years old,” Cr Gates says.
“So getting the kids to school and getting to your place of work has been difficult but this will really change things and be wonderful for the community.”
Both the Department of Transport and Main Roads and City of Gold Coast say they have received a number of community requests for additional services.
Changes to route 722 (Ormeau-Pimpama-Coomera) in 2019 resulted in a 250 per cent growth in patronage in the first six months.
The trial will run through to 2025/26 to determine the demand for such services.