Upgrading local roads is a key part of LNP Leader Deb Frecklington’s plan to bust congestion on the Gold Coast.
“Congestion on the Gold Coast is getting worse every day and Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have no long-term plans to fix the issue,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Commuters are spending too long in traffic, which means millions of dollars in lost productivity and people missing out on time that should have been spent with family.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government simply isn’t planning for the two million extra people set to call Southeast Queensland home in the next two decades.
“Labor have underspent the capital infrastructure budget by $3 billion a year, it’s no wonder we have an infrastructure crisis.
“We need to be proactive, rather than reactive, and build infrastructure to bust congestion and improve transport services.”
Ms Frecklington said an LNP Government would work with local councils on key upgrades and have a priority list for delivery.
“Investing in local infrastructure on the Gold Coast will ensure that infrastructure keeps pace with demand and helps us plan for the future,” Ms Frecklington said.
“This is part of our congestion-busting infrastructure plan to get commuters home sooner and safer.”
LNP MP for Bonney Sam O’Connor said the Olsen Avenue/Brisbane Road intersection was one of the worst bottlenecks in the region.
“We previously committed to fixing this bottleneck if the LNP was elected in 2017,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Congestion around this intersection has been an issue for way too long and we desperately need an upgrade.
“A planning study under Labor has indicated the upgrade of this intersection would significantly improve congestion but Annastacia is completely resistant to taking any action.
“This would be an ideal project for the LNP plan, but local residents shouldn’t have to wait until the 2020 state election to fix this local intersection.”