Transport infrastructure crucial for liveable communities

RACQ has warned future development would stifle the economy unless there were improvements to planning and the integration of transport infrastructure, after a new report found roads and public transport weren’t keeping up with population growth.

The Courier Mail reported an Infrastructure Australia report revealed smarter planning was required to ensure cities remained liveable.

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RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said it had become evident that development and land use planning in south east Queensland was disconnected from transport planning.

“This creates issues for residents including congestion, lack of access to services, and reduced quality of life,” Dr Michael said.

“We’ve seen rapid growth in areas like Pimpama and Ormeau and poor planning means parents are stuck in significant congestion on motorway ramps when they’re just trying to get the kids to school.

“The shortfalls aren’t isolated to the south – at Springfield, park’n’rides near the train station overflow soon after opening.”

Dr Michael said the State Government needed to review its planning guidelines and processes for how it approved housing and social infrastructure developments.

“We need adequate and appropriately located social infrastructure and Government needs to make sure public transport is in place early to support the increased demand, otherwise continued development will choke our region and stifle the economy.”