Light rail commitment 'good progress': RACQ

RACQ has welcomed the State Government’s election commitment to progress the next stage of the light rail from Burleigh to Coolangatta.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported a 12-week community consultation program would begin in 2021 and would look at the proposed route of Stage 4 of the light rail system as well as its impact on the southern Gold Coast.

“Extending the light rail south to Coolangatta and the Gold Coast Airport is one of our top election priorities for the region,” Dr Michael said.

“This will help further progress the next stage of the project and help future proof public transport on the coast.

“Previous stages have proven popular and as tourism reopens and public transport patronage rebuilds post-COVID, having a reliable option like the light rail is critical.”

Dr Michael said the Club also welcomed $5.2 million in investment to upgrade the Park’n’Ride facility at Varsity Lakes.

“Work has just been completed at the Ormeau Park’n’Ride to add 125 spaces and it’s good to see another 350 new commuter parking spaces to be added in Varsity Lakes,” she said.

“This will support high population growth areas on the Gold Coast, but it’s also equally important our leaders look at other ways to improve connectivity to stations.

“We need to see people encouraged to get on their bicycles and scooters or catch the bus to these stations through improved infrastructure and services – because there’ll never be enough spaces for everyone to drive and park.”

Dr Michael also called on both political parties to commit to upgrading the Kuraby to Beenleigh rail line and funding to progress the Coomera Connector ahead of the election.

“The Kuraby to Beenleigh rail line would deliver faster, more frequent services to attract passengers again,” she said.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we move and unfortunately it’s meant a swing away from public transport.

“Further investment is needed to counter this and make it easy and convenient for people return to rail.”