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.