Govt urged to create transport links to airports

THERE are no plans to link Brisbane Airport to the Sunshine and Gold coasts through underground rail systems despite an LNP resolution carried at the weekend.

The Mansfield State Electorate Council successfully moved plans to urge "an incoming" Coalition federal government to undertake a cost-benefit analysis on directly linking the three airports with dedicated rail or road connections.

They suggested this should include an underground train system.

No such move has ever been touted publicly for the south-east Queensland's most popular flight arrival points.

While Brisbane has an international airport and Coolangatta is known for cheap international flights to Asia and New Zealand, the Sunshine Coast only receives international passengers from Auckland.

All three receive hundreds of thousands of domestic passengers each year.

A spokeswoman for Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Queensland Government was "always looking for ways to deliver better infrastructure and better planning for Queenslanders".

But she said the government's three highest priorities were the Cross River Rail, Bruce Hwy and Toowoomba second range crossing.

"Our 2013-2015 Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program will deliver $10.3 billion in projects, however there are no immediate plans to extend the rail line south of Varsity Lakes or to the Sunshine Coast Airport," she said.

A spokesman for Shadow Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss said since the suggestion came from the party's convention floor, the Queensland LNP would have to consider the matter first.

"We would consider it in due course from there," he said.



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