The LNP has announced it will provide more park ‘n’ ride facilities for Gold Coast commuters as part of its billion-dollar SEQ Congestion Program.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today announced the $5m investment in Nerang train station with the LNP’s Candidate for Gaven Kirsten Jackson.
The upgrade will increase parking spaces for train users and provide fast-tracked jobs for Gold Coast construction workers.
“The Gold Coast is one Australia’s fastest-growing cities, but its infrastructure has been neglected by Labor,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The LNP will create a new park ‘n’ ride hub at Nerang to boost rail patronage and cut congestion on the M1.
“The LNP will fast-track this project as part of our plan to stimulate the economy, create secure jobs and drag Queensland out of recession.
“Only an LNP Government will get the Gold Coast working again.”
The $5m investment is expected to provide around 125 extra parking spaces, plus additional security lighting and CCTV.
Patronage of the Gold Coast rail line increased by more than 11% last year, with around 420,000 trips made from Nerang rail station.
“Commuters already find it hard to find a park at Nerang station and the problem is only going to get worse as the Gold Coast grows,” Ms Jackson said.
“Only an LNP Government will deliver the new infrastructure that the Gold Coast needs, including the Second M1.
“The LNP’s infrastructure program will create local jobs and cut congestion across our city.”
The LNP will introduce a new procurement process for its SEQ Congestion program that will give preference to Queensland construction firms.
The $1bn stimulus program will be in addition to existing State Government infrastructure projects and will be fast-tracked to create jobs as soon as possible.
“The LNP will get shovels in the ground as soon as we can,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The Gold Coast has lost more than 14,000 jobs in the past year, so creating more secure jobs for local workers will be a priority for a government I lead.”