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TOM Tate says he will end his war with anti-light rail “whingers” in Palm Beach by sidestepping the coastal town all together.
Southern towns such as Palm Beach, Currumbin and Tugun will miss out as part of a radical new plan to get the trams to the Gold Coast Airport.
Artist impressions of the trams passing through central Palm Beach. Picture: Supplied
A fed-up Cr Tate has raised the prospect of light rail Stage 4 turning right on to Nineteenth Avenue after crossing Tallebudgera Creek and skipping Palm Beach and Currumbin. The line would then follow the heavy rail corridor and join up with the airport at Coolangatta.
“People in Palm Beach are jumping up and down about the congestion (they think light rail will cause), well then we won’t go to Palm Beach — we’ll chuck a right at Nineteenth Ave.
“The congestion they worry about won’t be there but it will be near enough to Palm Beach that they can still walk.
“This option is just one I will put forward. It’s subject to consultation and if people want it to go all the way down (the coastal route) then that is fine too. I don’t mind that.
“All I want is to get to the airport in the best way possible.”
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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