Why we need it

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, and the growing population is causing increasing congestion on our local road network. There are no new major roads planned for the coastal corridor, so the introduction of a sustainable public transport network is vital to keep the city moving.

The facts

  • Traffic congestion on Gold Coast roads is steadily increasing.
  • Compared to travel times from 2006, average travel times will increase by 30 per cent in Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach by 2016.
  • Public transport is a more efficient use of road space and fuel and creates fewer emissions than private cars carrying a single occupant.
  • An integrated public transport system is essential to meet the needs of our growing city.

The benefits

The Gold Coast light rail project will provide local residents with far more than a world-class public transport network. Light rail has a proven track record for revitalising cities by connecting people and places, and consequently attracting investment.

Stage One of the Gold Coast light rail system will generate a number of social, environmental and economic benefits for the city including:

  • reducing local greenhouse gas emission by 114 000 tonnes over the first 10 years of operation
  • reducing the number of private vehicle trips by up to 10%
  • generating about 6300 direct and indirect jobs
  • providing a frequent, affordable and reliable alternative to car travel
  • contributing to a fully integrated public transport system for the Gold Coast

Queensland’s first light rail system will be a key component of an integrated and high frequency public transport network during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The system will directly service a number of the key games venues including the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Broadwater Parklands and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The light rail system will connect these venues with the major accommodation centres of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and the proposed Athletes Village at Parklands.

22 August 2014 15:56