Gold Coast drivers deserve better transport: RACQ

11 May 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has urged the Palaszczuk Government to commit to vital road and rail upgrades on the Gold Coast ahead of its Budget 2018 release.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said if the region was to prosper into the future, public transport and road infrastructure needed to be prioritised by the Government.

“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,” Ms Ross said.

“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 (IRTC) 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.

“It’s also critical we get the Gold Coast light rail extended to Coolangatta and the airport – it’ll give residents in the south an effective public transport option.

“We need a road system that works for all Queenslanders and safer roads lead to less crashes and better outcomes.

“Gold Coast residents deserve to have good quality roads and a transport system that also drives productivity and enables economic growth.”

View RACQ’s 2018 Queensland Pre-Budget submission here.