Provest backs study for rail
TWEED MP Geoff Provest has insisted a $1 million study into rail feasibility for the Tweed will go ahead despite a Tweed Shire Council report announcing bus travel as the best public transport option.
The council's Public Transport Strategy investi- gated various forms of pub- lic transport – heavy rail, light rail and buses – to determine the best options for the future of public transport on the Tweed.
It found because light rail requires about 5000 passengers per hour to be viable, and even more for heavy rail, peak passenger numbers on the main routes in Tweed of 1000 passengers per hour simply couldn't justify a rail system for the Tweed.
Mr Provest said he still supported a heavy rail link from Coolangatta to Yelgun, but that he found the report concerning.
“I am a little concerned, but let's really get into this and do some proper research,” Mr Provest said
“We have 5.5 million people coming through the Gold Coast Airport every year and a lot of those are turning right into Tweed.
“I still strongly believe rail is the future of public transport in Tweed.”
Mr Provest said he thought it was unlikely the current road infrastructure could support a bus system.
“Buses are important, but look at Minjungbal Dr, it takes 20 minutes to get from one end to the other,” Mr Provest said.
“We need to work together on this.”
Mr Provest said the $1 million proposed for a study into the feasibility of rail for the Tweed was still being “scoped up” but would appear in the September state budget.
Tweed Shire Council announced while it won't be including a heavy rail link in its Public Transport Strategy, the facility would be welcomed if funded by state or federal governments.
The council is planning a Rapid Bus Transit Corridor Plan from the Gold Coast Airport Transit Hub to Pottsville through the local villages with a branch link to Murwillumbah.
In the short term it is seeking extension of the Queensland TransLink system to the Tweed to allow consistency of fares, zones and level of service in the Tweed and Gold Coast.