Qld Government urged to make GC road and rail upgrades ‘a priority’

The Queensland Government must commit to vital road and rail upgrades on the Gold Coast if the region was to prosper into the future, the RACQ says.

The Peak Motoring body is today calling on the Palaszczuk Government to prioritise public transport and road infrastructure ahead of its Budget 2018 release.

“Gold Coast residents are all too familiar with the transport issues that plague the region – the city’s main arterials are congested on a daily basis and the public transport system is not adequate,” RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said.


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“In the last three years, Queensland Budget funding for transport and roads has dropped to the lowest level in a more than a decade. The State Government must address this and make transport infrastructure and services a priority.”

Ms Ross said key projects which needed funding were the Gold Coast light rail extension, Pacific Motorway upgrades and the development of the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor which would relieve pressure on the M1.

“Anyone who commutes to Brisbane or drives the M1 regularly knows just how congested it can get. Upgrading the Pacific Motorway to six lanes from Varsity Lakes and Tugun and to eight lanes from Gateway Motorway to Loganholme will be critical in improving safety, capacity and productivity,” she said.

“We also need to see the Queensland Government progress the IRTC which will be an alternative for the M1 from Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road to Nerang-Broadbeach Road.”

Ms Ross said the extension of the Gold Coast light rail to Coolangatta was also critical to give residents in the south an effective public transport option.

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I honestly cannot believe that the IRTC hasnt been done way before this. the space has been held and follows the train line ,most of the way . there has been surveying activity recently. Its quite amusing when looking at homes to buy in helensvale and monterey keys near the train line . When asking agents why is this house 50K less than a street away they say oh , the vendors are motivated. lol its beacuse they can see the activity starting and they want to get out . Agents are the best at avoiding facts .

This Dumb light rail system should never ever have been started in the first place and we certainly do not want it to come any further South! The design and construction is a maniacal mess that disrupts everything around it! Buses were doing the job quite adequately. We definitely do not want any more “Densification” on the Gold Coast, we want back our peaceful oceanside tranquility. We don’t want to be swamped by tourists, shaded out by high rise buildings and gridlock on our roads. For God’s sake QLD government, stuff Lindsay Fox and others, get a serious HEAVY RAIL plan back on the drawing board to carry passengers and freight from Brisbane to Tweed Heads, so that we can take a bit of pressure off the Big Parking Lot (M1).
If the Heavy Rail were to be fully implemented and taken through to Tweed Heads and the NSW government were to be persuaded to bring their Heavy Rail through Murwillumbah and up to Tweed Heads, then even though the QLD-NSW rail gauges are different there could be an interchange at a Tweed Heads rail station. This situation would create so many pluses and resolve so many bad issues as well as creating many opportunities for businesses all along the line and thus taking a great amount of pressure off our overcrowded road system. Surely Blind Freddy could see this.
This Dumb light rail system should never ever have been started in the first place and we certainly do not want it to come any further South! The design and construction is a maniacal mess that disrupts everything around it! Buses were doing the job quite adequately. We definitely do not want any more “Densification” on the Gold Coast, we want back our peaceful oceanside tranquility. We don’t want to be swamped by tourists, shaded out by high rise buildings and gridlock on our roads. For God’s sake QLD government, stuff Lindsay Fox and others, get a serious HEAVY RAIL plan back on the drawing board to carry passengers and freight from Brisbane to Tweed Heads, so that we can take a bit of pressure off the Big Parking Lot (M1).
If the Heavy Rail were to be fully implemented and taken through to Tweed Heads and the NSW government were to be persuaded to bring their Heavy Rail through Murwillumbah and up to Tweed Heads, then even though the QLD-NSW rail gauges are different there could be an interchange at a Tweed Heads rail station. This situation would create so many pluses and resolve so many bad issues as well as creating many opportunities for businesses all along the line and thus taking a great amount of pressure off our overcrowded road system. Surely Blind Freddy could see this.
“NO WAY” do we want the light rail to come any further South of it’s current status, disrupting businesses, residents, causing utter disruptions to road traffic, ploughing through wildlife sanctuaries and destroying pristine environments.