RACQ welcomes record roads and transport spending on Gold Coast

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed City of Gold Coast’s Budget allocation which included a record $280 million for roads and transport.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said critical funding had been allocated to deliver several priority congestion-busting projects.

“It’s great to see money for Sundale Bridge and Isle of Capri projects along with funding for roads and intersections in the rapidly growing and congested areas around Ormeau, Pimpama, and Coomera,” Dr Michael said.

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“Reducing congestion on some parts of the Coast requires a coordinated effort. Projects like the Yawalpah Road duplication will help address a real bottleneck that motorists tell us grind their gears – but for the full benefit to be achieved, we need a funding agreement between the Federal and State Governments for Exit 49 on the Pacific Motorway.”

Dr Michael said to manage population growth and beat congestion it was also critical to invest in active and public transport.

“It’s excellent to see the funding delivered for the light rail, trialing ferry services, and a range of new paths and cycleways,” she said.

“We commend City of Gold Coast for coming to the table to kickstart the planning and delivery of Gold Coast Light Rail stage 3A. Unfortunately, the Federal and State Governments have failed to do their part.

“We need to see these Governments work with Council to sort out this funding failure now. Queenslanders can’t afford to wait for upcoming elections and future budgets.”