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RESIDENTS say a traffic congestion nightmare on light rail stage two could be averted by an overhead pedestrian bridge.
The Parklands to Helensvale route only crosses two intersections — at Olsen Avenue and Napper Road — and it is the latter near the Pacific Motorway which threatens gridlock.
Bonney LNP candidate Sam O’Connor has flagged the need for a critical infrastructure upgrade and posted a video that reached 14,000 locals.
The light rail crossing at the Napper Rd-Smith St intersection impacts on vehicles leaving Arundel-Parkwood and motorists driving east to the CBD from Pacific Pines.
The Parkwood East station next to Smith Street. Photo by Richard GoslingApart from the signalled intersection dealing with the trams, motorists leaving a new 1000-space car park to cross Smith Street to access the new Parkwood East station will stop traffic on the major east-west link.
“I’m fighting for a footbridge because the traffic at the Napper Road and Smith Street intersection is already bad enough,” Mr O’Connor told the Bulletin.
“Adding hundreds of people trying to cross the road from the carpark to the light rail station will make it a nightmare.
“I have doorknocked all of Parkwood, and one consistent thing locals told me is they are concerned about traffic congestion.”
The Napper Road-Smith Street traffic hot spot for Gold Coast light rail stage two.Area councillor William Owen-Jones shared the video and supported an overhead bridge.
“My understanding is it was a valued engineered out because of the costs,” Cr Owen-Jones said.
“Anything that improves pedestrian safety and flow of traffic at intersections would welcome investigation.”
Bonney LNP candidate Sam O’Connor is campaigning for a footbridge across Smith Street. Photo: Jerad WilliamsAfter the Gold Coast Bulletin sought Government comment, LNP candidate for Bonney Rowan Holzberger said Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Glenn Butcher would visit the Coast today to discuss the infrastructure plans.
Mr Holzberger maintains work had already begun on the pedestrian bridge at Parkwood. A works notice was issued by GoldLinQ last month.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has delivered the Parkwood pedestrian bridge and Sam O’Connor has swooped in and tried to cut the ribbon and eat the cake,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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