Sunny Coast missing out on transport it deserves

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

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the region continued to outgrow its transport and road infrastructure and it was time for action.

“Sunshine Coast residents are all too familiar with the transport issues that plague the region. Not only do the major arterials need urgent upgrades, the public transport system is inadequate,” Ms Ross said.

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

Ms Ross said key projects which needed funding included the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication and the Bruce Highway upgrade to six lanes between Pine Rivers and Caloundra Road and Maroochydore Road and Mons Road.

“Anyone who commutes to Brisbane or drives the Bruce regularly knows just how congested it can get. Duplicating the rail line between Beerburrum and Nambour will future-proof the region and give residents an actual option outside of sitting in traffic every day,” she said.

“Upgrading the highway to six lanes all the way from Caboolture to Maroochydore is critical. We can’t afford the Government to continue to talk about it. We need action.”

Ms Smith said RACQ also called for vital safety upgrades to Steve Irwin Way.

“It’s important Steve Irwin Way, a vital road which thousands of residents rely on, is upgraded and duplicated in parts,” she said.

“We need a road system that works for all Queenslanders and safer roads lead to safer outcomes in the event of a crash.

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

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