Bring on gold medal infrastructure for SEQ

The State’s peak motoring body has declared a Brisbane Olympics in 2032 should be the catalyst of an infrastructure explosion across south east Queensland.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said a successful Olympics was about far more than just new sports stadiums.

“It has the potential to create the roads, rail, bus, cycling and pedestrian transport networks which will transform our region and guarantee its place as the most liveable in the country,” Mr Turner said.

“Most importantly, it will provide a building and planning lightning rod in uniting all three levels of government and all major political parties, for once, to align their infrastructure planning in the pursuit of a common goal.”

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Mr Turner said the SEQ Council of Mayor’s proposal to use fast rail and connected transport to slash travel time to 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba to the Brisbane CBD, would need to become reality to ensure a workable Games.

“Other vital infrastructure improvements SEQ planners must commit to include the Cross River Rail, improved rail services to the Sunshine Coast and Ipswich, extending the G:Link to the Gold Coast airport and bus network reform,” he said.

“The Pacific, Ipswich, Centenary and Sunshine Motorways, the Bruce Highway and the North West Transport Corridor would need to be upgraded and we’d need the Gold Coast Coomera Connector and the North-South Link tunnel from Toowong to Stafford to be delivered.

“Investment in our active transport networks for safer and more efficient cycling and walking routes also can’t be forgotten.

“An Olympic Games in SEQ in 2032 should provide this great and fast-growing region with a gold medal in transport infrastructure so we’re winners for decades after the last event has run.”