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I DISAGREE with Keith Whiteside (Daily, January 26 - "Light rail a solution for the highway mess").
Light rail is a suburban tram service and not a long distance mass people mover like railways.
Within 50 years, south-east Queensland from Noosa to Brisbane, will be suburban development with maybe a million people living between the sea and hills and experience shows that traffic infrastructure between the Gold Coast and
Brisbane is inadequate, government and councils north of Brisbane are about to repeat this debacle.
Keith, the light rail is what you see serving the Gold Coast internally and has nothing to do with the Pacific Hwy, therefore your letter supporting a tram service will not solve the traffic problems between Noosa and Brisbane.
A double-line, heavy passenger rail looping between Caloundra to Noosaville along the David Lowe Way and motorway, looping through Cooroy back to Brisbane will, I suggest, be the only real people moving solution for this region in the long term.
Trains every half hour travelling clockwise and anti-clockwise for workers and tourists could move hundreds of thousands of people daily.
This planning and infrastructure, if completed, will be the envy of those on the Gold Coast who are trapped with what they have and very limited expansion.
Government, planners and residents must look over the 20 year horizon and beyond 50 years.
We are paying the penalty now for the failures of the past 50 years. We must demand from council and government definite long-term planning for transport above the inwards-looking urban expansion we have been dealt with from Beattie and others in Brisbane.
ROBERT BUICK, Mountain Creek
This article first appeared on www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
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