Poor public transport connectivity between Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads is resulting in significant road congestion and poor journey reliability. People currently travel by car or bus along the corridor, as the existing Gold Coast Light Rail line terminates at Broadbeach. Bus services are unreliable, and only 5% of all daily trips in the Gold Coast are made using public transport.
The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth-largest city and largest non-capital city. It has a population of 576,000, which is expected to increase by 61% to 928,000 by 2041. Private vehicle trips in the corridor are expected to increase by 20% between 2016 and 2041. This demand growth is expected to result in further congestion, as there is limited space available to build more roads and a lack of attractive public transport alternatives to private vehicle travel.
Without improvements to public transport connectivity, road traffic levels are expected to reach network capacity before 2031. These constraints may also impact on other parts of the network, such as along the Gold Coast Highway, north of Broadbeach.
Options to improve public transport connectivity on the corridor include:
- road network and bus network services
- providing higher-frequency bus services
- extending light rail services to Burleigh Heads if there is sufficient demand.
A Preliminary Business Case for the proposed extension of light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads was completed in December 2017.
Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).