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More than eight in 10 southeast Queenslanders want to see a fast rail network across the region - slashing travel times between Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts to 45 minutes. And the overwhelming majority believe there is one way to make it happen.
MORE THAN eight in 10 southeast Queenslanders want to see a fast rail network across the region.
And the overwhelming majority think an Olympic Games bid is the way to make it happen.
A ReachTEL survey of more than 2,200 people across SEQ shows three-quarters believe the region’s transport infrastructure is failing to keep up with demand from population growth.
The research, commissioned by the SEQ Council of Mayors, found 83 per cent support for the introduction of a fast rail service that would enable passengers to travel between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba in under 45 minutes.
The fast rail routes would link with the majority of likely Olympic venues across the region.And 72 per cent say they would be likely or extremely likely to back a bid for the 2032 Olympic Games here if it brought major transport upgrades.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, who chairs the SEQ Council of Mayors, said there was strong public support for investment in mass transit transport like fast rail.
“As the region grows, this is critical – whether we have an Olympics or not.”
But it was encouraging that people saw the Games as a catalyst for accelerating the delivery of infrastructure.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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