Coolangatta Light Rail Campaign Launch

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A petition has been launched for the Gold Coast Light Rail to be extended as far as Coolangatta.

The petition is being circulated by the Coolangatta Light Rail Action Group, an off-shoot of the Coolangatta Chamber of Commerce.

Light Rail Action Group chairman Stephen Woodward admitted that the extension of the route from the current ending point at Broadbeach was likely a long-term proposition with the first 13km leg having cost more than $1 billion.

“But we’ve got to start somewhere,” he said.

The petition proposes stations would be at Southern Palm Beach plus Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary, Tugun, the Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta.

“It is envisaged that extending the line from the airport to Coolangatta would be easily engineered and that the Coolangatta station be as far up the Kirra cutting to behind the Coolangatta Police station without compromising pedestrian or bike traffic through the cutting as possible,” the petition blurb says.

Destination Tweed CEO Bill Tatchell said it would be a boon to the tourism industry and spending on such infrastructure had a multiplying effect that could bring an overall net benefit.

The petition will be distributed to southern Gold Coast businesses.

The Gold Light Rail was launched in July 21, 2014 and had attracted more than five million commuters in its first nine months of operation.

Gold Coast City Council has released several proposed plans for a future light rail route, including one linking to Coolangatta.

Source: Tweed News

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