Gold Coast receives public transport boost
Gold Coast residents are set to benefit from the state government's commitment to improve public transport in the sea side city.
Announcing the initiative today (January 14), transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson said extra train services between the Gold Coast and Brisbane would ease congestion on one of south-east Queensland's most congested lines.
The Gold Coast presents a number of appealing lifestyle factors such as affordable residential property and close proximity to beaches, however, with Brisbane boasting the lion's share of employment opportunities, many people commute to the capital for work.
With this in mind, improved efficiency of the network may attract the interest of would-be homebuyers, with it meaning easier and quicker travel to Brisbane.
Mr Emerson said the additional services will come into effect from January 29.
"We are delivering Gold Coast commuters an additional morning peak service departing Varsity Lakes at 5:31 am, arriving at Central at 6:55 am, as well as an additional evening peak service departing Central at 6:11 pm and arriving at Varsity Lakes at 7:30 pm," he commented.
Member for Coomera Michael Crandon lauded the new services, saying they will benefit about 4,000 people each day.
"This means another option for Gold Coast passengers starting work in the city early and means there are now at least four services an hour for most of the morning and afternoon peak period," Mr Crandon said.