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AUSTRALIA’S independent infrastructure Adviser has given the green light for the extension of light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh after investigating the business case.
Infrastructure Australia today announced light rail Stage 3A had joined an infrastructure priority list which guides the decision making of governments.
A tram at Broadbeach South Light Rail station. Pic: Mike Batterham.Infrastructure Australia said the proposal had undergone a “rigorous business case assessment” and had proven to have “significant benefits for the community”.
The extension of light rail addressed the dual challenges of population growth and high levels of car dependency on the Coast, one of Australia’s major tourism destinations which hosts around 12 million visitors each year.
With 88 per cent of trips currently by private vehicle and less than 5 per cent by public transport, urban congestion was a major challenge and this was expected to worsen as the Coast’s population grows by an estimated 545 per cent to 928,000 people by 2041.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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