RACQ praises Gold Coast investment plan

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed more than $700 million in investment for the Gold Coast’s road network which would help cut congestion and prepare for a one million-strong population.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported Gold Coast City Council would roll out 116 road work projects between this financial year and 2031, with millions to be spent building new roads in the growing northern suburbs.

It was reported a schedule of works contained in the Gold Coast City Plan revealed $221.8 million would be spent in the Coomera Town Centre project which was expected to become a major community hub in the north.

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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club welcomed Council’s ambitious investment plan.

“This kind of planning for the future will make sure we have the right transport links and capacity to support the rising population on the Coast,” Ms Ross said.

“We’ve long campaigned for further investment in Gold Coast roads because, with congestion and too few connections to public transport, locals are crying out for it.”

Mayor Tom Tate told the Gold Coast Bulletin he planned to ‘ramp up’ road infrastructure spending following the successful Commonwealth Games.

“Finding traffic-busting solutions is my number one priority and in the last two financial years we have invested record spending on our roads,” Cr Tate said.

“In 2017-18 it was $100 million and this financial year, it will be $110 million.

“We are also aligning our roadworks with the State road works so motorists suffer the minimum inconvenience.”

Given the spend was reportedly set out over 12 years, Ms Ross urged Council to prioritise the scheduled works around current congestion hotspots.

“We know areas like the Northern Growth Corridor around Pimpama, Coomera and Helensvale need urgent attention,” she said.

“Residents are also crying out for congestion-busting solutions in high density suburbs like Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Robina and Varsity Lakes.”

Ms Ross said it was important for future planning to consider mobility as a whole, and make sure infrastructure supported alternatives to driving.

“Getting the balance right is key – we also need upgrades to support reliable public transport and safe walkways and bikeways.”