Roads and transport a priority in Gold Coast Budget: RACQ

RACQ has welcomed Gold Coast City Council’s (GCCC) commitment to deliver better roads, public and active transport infrastructure for the growing city.

In GCCC’s budget, handed down on Monday, $292 million was allocated to roads and city transport, up by $12 million from last year.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club was pleased to see $7.5 million in accelerated capital works, which included new construction, upgrades and improvements on council owned assets, and overall increased funding for major road and transport projects.

“It’s good news for motorists, with $152 million allocated for road network improvements, including $12.5 million for the completion of the Sundale Bridge/Waterways Drive project and $24 million towards the ongoing delivery of the Isle of Capri project,” Dr Michael said.

“We’re also pleased to see money allocated towards the commencement of the Yawalpah Road duplication and the preliminary design of the Old Coach Road Stage 2 project, to improve safety and congestion. Yawalpah Road was rated in the top 10 most unroadworthy roads by the community in RACQ’s 2018 survey.

“To ensure Gold Coast residents receive the full benefits of this project, we also encourage the State and Federal governments to fast-track the Pacific Motorway Exit 49 upgrade to support the Yawalpah Road duplication.”

Dr Michael said the GCCC were also investing in public and active transport, and were continuing community transport services such as Council Cabs and free off-peak public transport for seniors and veterans.

“We praise the Council’s contribution to the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A project, and the additional $1.25 million to accelerate planning for Stage 3B from Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta,” she said.

“Investing in active and public transport is critical, especially as workers transition back to the office post-coronavirus, they need alternative travel options to avoid needing to jump into cars and add to congestion.”