Gold Coasters cry out for better roads, transport

Gold Coast locals have demanded better solutions to traffic congestion and called for vital infrastructure upgrades for main roads across the region, a new RACQ survey has revealed.

M1 Pacific Motorway South sign on the Gold Coast

As part of its Transport Priorities Survey, the Club gave more than 2000 Queenslanders a hypothetical $100 million and asked how they would spend it to improve their local transport network.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said participants in the Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim regions said they would allocate almost half of their total budget to upgrades on the State-controlled road network.

“Locals are in the best position to identify problems on their roads. When you put the power in their hands it becomes clear what they value most and where they want to see improvements, and they’re clearly frustrated by its current state,” Ms Ross said.

“A whopping 90 percent of people who responded to the survey believe the main roads in their region need upgrading due to the amount of traffic using them.

“The Pacific Motorway has again been called out, with 80 percent of people calling for the delivery of vital upgrades. The recent commitments from the State and Federal Governments are welcome, but they’re long overdue.”

Ms Ross said respondents wished to allocate around one quarter of their budgets to boosting public transport.

“Around half believed there isn’t enough public transport available to accommodate their area and services don’t run where they need to. A similar number also considered fast rail to the Gold Coast and the extension of the light rail from Broadbeach to Coolangatta to be important projects,” she said.

“The Gold Coast continues to boom but its road and transport networks haven’t kept up, and locals agree. Everyone pays rates and taxes so we urge all levels of government to consider what’s important to the people who contribute to them and work to bridge the funding gaps delaying the delivery of critical projects.”