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Article: Sports hub abandoned by light rail

Started by colinw, June 02, 2011, 08:53:11 AM

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colinw

What a misleading article.  Carrara was never part of the light rail scheme in the first place.

The Bulletin -> click here

QuoteCARRARA residents have slammed light-rail bosses for abandoning plans for a light-rail link to the city's planned sporting hub.

No plans for a link were included in the Gold Coast's bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

But Nerang councillor Peter Young said analysis of a proposed route did not support its construction.

"We would not get enough people on to a single tram unlike heavy rail which has a far greater capacity to accommodate visitors to Carrara,'' he said.

"We are trying to get thousands of people to go to the sports complex and we cannot have them waiting for a tram. So the best thing would be connections through shuttle buses and park-and-ride services.''

Despite this, former Carrara resident and Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates slammed the link's shelving and said suburbs away from the coastal strip had been forgotten.

"Public transport has always been a problem out here with buses few and far between while the Glitter Strip gets all the attention,'' she said.

"It is a shame Carrara and Nerang will be left out yet again.''

Gold Coast Combined Chamber of Commerce president Bob Janssen said he was disappointed by Cr Young's comments.

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Carrara? What is in Carrara?

Part of good infrastructure is making sure that whoever needs concrete gets it and who doens't does not get it. Concrete is very expensive 35 million/km - 100 million/km and it should be used where it is absolutely required.

What's needed is more services. Again the inability of many people to tell the difference between a bag of concrete and a bus arriving frequently shows itself...
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Quote from: tramtrain on June 02, 2011, 09:43:36 AM
Carrara? What is in Carrara?

"Slimy? Mudhole? My home, this is!"

But you are correct - nothing worth investing LRT into.  It would serve the stadium and proposed showground precinct reasonably well, but so would a shuttle bus every few minutes to Nerang and to Broadbeach when they are needed.

Transport arrangements have now been put in place for Metricon Stadium, and by all accounts were working pretty well for last weekend's match.
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Gazza

QuotePublic transport has always been a problem out here with buses few and far between while the Glitter Strip gets all the attention,'' she said.
So then fix the buses before spending money on LRT.

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