Sunny Coast locals cry out for better roads, transport

Sunshine Coast residents have called out the shortfalls on major roads and demanded vital upgrades to improve safety and alleviate traffic congestion, a new RACQ survey has revealed.

Traffic on the Sunshine Coast Motorway

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 Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Somerset regions said they would allocate more than one-third of their total budget to delivering upgrades on the State-controlled road network.

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

“More than three-quarters of those who responded to the survey said the main roads in their region need upgrading due to the amount of traffic using them. A similar number also called for important upgrades to the Bruce Highway.”

Ms Ross said respondents, on average, would allocate almost one third of their budgets to boosting public transport.

“This is because around half believe there isn’t enough public transport currently available and their journeys take too long,” she said.

“A similar number of people believe both the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication and fast rail, are important projects for the region, so it’s disappointing the duplication project doesn’t have the full funding it needs to get off the ground,” she said.

“The Sunshine Coast continues to boom but its road and transport networks haven’t kept up, and locals clearly 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.”