Public transport and cars part of GC traffic solution

RACQ has renewed its calls for more investment in public transport on the Gold Coast to service the expected population growth.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported the city was home to as many vehicles as residents, prompting a call for developments in suburbs at risk of car overload to abide by a one car park per bedroom rule.

Club spokesperson Paul Turner said the figures were not surprising and called on developers to work with government to ensure there was high-quality walking and cycling infrastructure, and frequent public transport services to provide alternatives to driving. 

“We cannot just focus on building more roads or just public transport. We need to have a mixture of modes of transportation if we are going to solve our growing congestion woes,” Mr Turner said.

“Innovative solutions like demand responsive transport, electric scooters and car share schemes should also be considered to improve mobility for residents and minimise traffic.

“The Gold Coast needs this mix, otherwise the lifestyle which people came here for will be directly affected. Congestion is a trap that takes you away from your family and job.”

Mr Turner said the Club’s also wanted to see all levels of Government prioritise projects like the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3B and the multi-modal Coomera Connector, to invest in congestion busting works.

“Both of these projects are part of the traffic solution on the Gold Coast and help to future-proof the growing city.”