Mayor wants more transport funding

GOLD Coast Mayor Ron Clarke has weighed into the Queensland election campaign, calling on major political parties to support increased transport funding.

Mayor Clarke said provision of urgently needed funds for public transport and for the overstretched roads network was a major issue facing the Gold Coast.

“The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan anticipates the region's population will almost double by 2031 to 4.4 million,” Cr Clarke said.

“Gold Coast residents need to know that whoever forms government after March 21 is committed to providing the road, rail and cycleway networks and public transport services needed to accommodate that growth.”

Cr Clarke said a major issue for the Gold Coast was delivery of the rapid transit system.

“We have seen a major funding commitment from the state government to the first stage of rapid transit and I would like to see an iron-clad guarantee that both parties will deliver this and future stages of the network,” Cr Clarke said.



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