Get the Gold Coast light rail extension on track: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has renewed calls for the Queensland Government to get on track with the next stage of the Gold Coast light rail extension.

It comes after the Gold Coast Bulletin reported the G:Link had transported more than 10 million passengers since the Stage 2 extension had opened between the Gold Coast University Hospital and Helensvale, last year.

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RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said Stage 3A of the light rail network between Broadbeach South and Burleigh Heads was one of the Club’s top public transport priorities.

“The uptake by the community confirms there’s demand for public transport services along the coast, and future stages of the light rail will meet that demand,” Dr Michael said.

“The project will also play a critical role in managing congestion on the Gold Coast and improving local mobility in the future.

“We know the Federal Government has committed $112 million and Council has promised its share too, so now we’re urging the Queensland Government to progress its business case for the project immediately.”

Dr Michael said plans for the extension should incorporate a range of high-quality, first and last mile options to provide greater connectivity for residents to travel to and from tram stations.

“Making sure people can drive, walk, cycle and catch other public transport to and from G:Link stations is also critical to ensuring continued patronage growth,” she said.

“Currently, the bus network isn’t where it needs to be for a growing region like the Coast, so as part of the project, we’d like it reformed to maximise service efficiency and accessibility for residents.”