Coomera station connectivity issues need to be addressed

RACQ has urged the Queensland Government to improve bicycle facilities and bus connecting services to train stations, to reduce pressure on overcrowded Park’n’Rides.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported Coomera commuters had pleaded with the State Government to waive parking fines at the station because there weren’t enough spaces.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said work needed to be done to address connectivity issues to public transport.

“Getting commuters to and from their front doors and onto public transport by alternative transport means such as buses, bicycles and scooters is vitally important, as there will never be enough spaces for everyone to drive and park,” Dr Michael said.

“Coomera is one of the top 10 largest growth areas in the State, and next-door Pimpama has the biggest growth of any suburb in Queensland. This places extreme demand on existing Park’n’Ride capacity close by.”

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Dr Michael said as the station was located away from residential areas, frequent and accessible linking bus services to Coomera Station were necessary to reduce demand on the Park’n’Ride.

“Currently there are limited frequency bus services connecting Coomera Station to suburbs on each side of the M1, which isn’t ideal for commuters,” she said.

“Bicycle racks and storage lockers are another option that could be considered as a means of accessing the station without driving.

“We know residents want a public transport system that’s reliable, frequent and accessible, but we need to make continual improvements to achieve this.”