Started by SurfRail, June 27, 2011, 11:58:24 AM
Quote from: Gold Coast BulletinSky-high growth for light rail corridorMatthew Killoran | June 27th, 2011SOUTHPORT to Broadbeach could be transformed into high-population, high-rise business centres by 2031 to take advantage of the Gold Coast light rail system.But as the population bulges, it will put more pressure on already stressed services.Dense CBDs are being planned, mixing commercial, retail and residential, to maximise the potential benefits of the what the Gold Coast Rapid Transit could do for the city, according to the council's sustainable city future committee boss Cr Peter Young. Goldcoast.com.au has been given an exclusive look at preliminary documents for the council's long-term planning study for the light rail corridor.Increasing density in the unlimited height zones of Surfers Paradise, 40-storey height limits down Nerang St, Southport, and more high rises in Broadbeach are on the cards.Footpaths, cycleways and green bridges will be used to encourage links between stations and surrounding streets.It is not just areas directly along the route expected to be given a construction boost, with 15 storeys down Tedder Avenue, Main Beach, the same at parts of Thomas Drive, Chevron Island, and six-storey residential limits down Hooker Boulevard all in the works.Cr Young said the State Government forecast the Gold Coast would need another 170,000 homes by 2031, with 70 per cent of that having to go in already developed areas.He said the public transport provided along the light rail route meant Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach would be able to take a big chunk of that population."It has the potential to significantly assist in not only moving people but transforming how we live," Cr Young said.He said the council would expand on the urban parks, while foothpaths and cycleways would pay an important part in linking stations with the surrounding communities.The planning study will come before the council for endorsement prior to September, before being used to create future local area plans, which will go out for public consultation.For more on this story, including a response from demographer Bernard Salt, see today's Gold Coast Bulletin.http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2011/06/27/327705_gold-coast-news.html
Quote from: SurfRail on June 27, 2011, 13:10:34 PMThe more I think about it, the more I expect they will have grossly underestimated the number of vehicles required... here's hoping they spring for somewhere on the other side of 20 instead of the 15-16 planned initially.
Quote from: colinw on June 27, 2011, 17:37:23 PMWhingers are out in force on the Bulletin web site, I see.
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