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THE demand for all-stops bus services running to and from the Gold Coast Airport has renewed the call for the light rail project to be extended south and quickly.
Gold Coast City Council transport manager Alton Twine said the success of an all-stops bus servicing the airport illustrated the demand for a light rail service to the southern Gold Coast.
"It is a reasonable expectation that an express bus service for part of the coastal route would similarly be successful, particularly linking directly to light rail at Broadbeach," he said.
"The anticipated increase in demand for a bus service relates directly to patronage for future light rail services.
"Council's transport planning shows there is a need for light rail on the southern Gold Coast servicing the airport."
Mr Twine said the need for a light rail service was greater than that for heavy rail.
"This demand is significantly greater than the demand for a heavy rail service.
"Council is not proposing heavy rail extension south of Elanora before 2031, however it supports retention of this corridor for the longer term."
Southern Chamber of Commerce president Gail O'Neil said the light rail would be of great benefit to the southern Gold Coast.
"We want the light rail to come into the airport and down to Coolangatta," she said.
"It would be a win-win for tourists and locals."
However, southern Gold Coast residents will have to be patient as there are no immediate plans to extend the line past Burleigh.
Gold Coast Rapid Transit acting project director Dale Jepson said the focus was currently on stage one of the project.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoast.com.au
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