Started by ozbob, July 19, 2010, 12:32:53 PM
QuoteThe Magnificent 7Successive governments have failed to provide adequate investment in transport infrastructure needed to preserve the wonderful lifestyle that SEQ residents enjoy. SEQ has a huge backlog of infrastructure work that needs to be done; SEQ Mayors say transport infrastructure should be a key priority for all candidates competing in the upcoming Federal Election.
QuoteMayors campaign for Coast rail extensionDaniel Meers | July 19th, 2010MEMBERS of the southeast Queensland council of mayors have joined forces to endorse a campaign asking for federal funding to extend the city's railway network right down to the Gold Coast Airport.The mayors, from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and west to Toowoomba, identified the rail project as one of seven key projects crucial to the state in the unprecedented move.Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said the State Government had planned to continue the railway down, but the process needed to be sped up.''Our current and future residents deserve a much better public transport system and the commonwealth has a major role to play in delivering it,'' he said.''If the commonwealth does not take a leadership role in delivering this national priority infrastructure project ... it will simply be put off to the never, never.''A petition will also be launched.
Quote from: colinw on July 20, 2010, 15:32:37 PMIf there is a pressing need for airport anything in SEQ, it is getting rail to Coolangatta, and also providing Coolangatta airport with aerobridges.
QuoteI don't get the whole notion of providing a rail link to the Gold Coast Airport. I cannot see why the Gold Coast residents would want to use it, and ditto for the Brisbanites who have a bigger airport closer.
QuoteSurely a Western Brisbane Busway/Priority, the Moreton Bay line, CRR, Sunshine Coast line, etc. etc. are all higher priority than the suggested road projects. When are our political 'leaders' (very loose use of the term) going to take off their 'road' coloured goggles and realise the mess they have created in SEQ. Not by 'not building enough infrastructure' but by building the WRONG infrastructure.
QuoteNot by 'not building enough infrastructure' but by building the WRONG infrastructure.
QuoteBeyond the airport, there is no clear need for the heavy rail to continue (who needs a line to Murwillumbah?) and any coastal extension down to Kingscliff, etc. is fantasy land. Nor is there a particularly good corridor available into downtown Coolangatta, the old rail right of way being long gone in many places.A southern extension of the light rail from the airport to downtown Coolangatta and (with interstate co-operation) Tweeds Heads seems credible, and in fact the airport would not be a good place to terminate that system as it would avoid serving the main part of Coolangatta
QuoteJust to show the difference in cost depending on construction techniques, Epping-Chatswood has been estimated at approx $177m/km.http://melbpt.wordpress.com/2008/05/04/issues-with-epping-chatswood-in-my-recent-rail-construction-costs-post/
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