We’re planning for the future to ensure the City of Gold Coast keeps up with the rapid population growth– Marion Charlton, CEO - Gold Coast Airport
With a population that is rapidly growing, our focus is on delivering road upgrades to ease congestion and encourage active travel.
More than $26 million is being invested in traffic management and safety and more than $90 million on transport improvements.
The City is continuing its major road works program to make sure our network accommodates an increasing number of users now and in the future.
Special emphasis has been placed on meeting the demands of our city’s high growth areas, particularly in the northern corridor.
The City Freight Plan aims to maximise efficiencies of the freight transport network. It will deliver a safer, more efficient and long term sustainable network that will maximise economic growth.
We are investing more than $4 million to renew and upgrade traffic signals and signage across various intersections. Including additional CCTV cameras to assist in traffic flows.
We are investing $116 million constructing, maintaining and renewing roads to reduce congestion providing a more connected and effective road network.
This budget targets those upgrades that will provide more reliable travel times, less queuing and improve safety.
With an estimated population of 800,000 by 2031, getting cars off the road is a priority and public transport will be a catalyst for this.
Gold Coast Light Rail moves almost one million passengers every month and will play an important role in connecting the north to the south of the Gold Coast.
The City contributed $55 million to complete Helensvale Stage 2 in time for the Games.
In 2018, we invested $5 million on the Detailed Business Case to connect the light rail to Burleigh Heads, and in time Coolangatta via the airport. We are now getting ready to contribute to construction of the next stage from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads.
Hosting the Games has delivered a $2 billion economic injection, more than $200 million in new sporting and community infrastructure and 30,000 full-time equivalent jobs.
During the Games, 5.5 million spectator trips were taken by public transport.
It has also brought forward active travel in the city. The Gold Coast now has more than 2,400 kilometres of bikeways and cycleways that interconnect with major transit routes and link neighbourhoods to schools and foreshores.
The Mobike bike share program was launched pre Games and the Active Travel Program has more people than ever finding their way around the city without relying on the car.