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LIGHT rail has been a stunning success, boosting development and increasing travellers and pedestrians, according to a new report.
Councillors will receive the Building Our City-Light Rail Corridor update report at a planning committee meeting today. The Bulletin can reveal the key findings are:
* A 61.8 per cent increase in average daily trips on the light rail from 2014 to 2018-19.
* More than 8500 dwellings approved during 2018 and 2019.
* A 180 per cent increase in pedestrians along Hooker Boulevard between Broadbeach South station and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre from 2013 to 2018.
The report said the number of daily patronage trips had increased across a five-year period from 18,196 to 29,433, largely due to Stage 2 to Helensvale being completed.
The transfer from train to light rail at Helensvale station had increased from 199,093 in 2017-18 to 421,332 in 2018-19.
The Broadbeach South station is busy and it will only get busier when Light Rail Stage 3 opens.Total trips had increased from 6.2 million in 2014-15 to 10.7 million in 2018-19.
Traffic had decreased by 47 per cent in Scarborough Street at Southport, was down by 16 per cent at the Ada Bell Way at the Gold Coast Highway and by 17 per cent at the Elizabeth Street and Margaret Avenue intersection.
Stage 3 is now under construction.“The number of vehicles at the measured sites continues to decrease with the most notable drops at Scarborough Street in Southport and the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach,” the report said.
“Interestingly, in regards to the east-west connections into Surfers Paradise, there has been an increase observed at Via Roma, with commensurate decrease along Thomas Drive.”
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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