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The next stage of the Gold Coast's light rail line is a step closer after being given a nod from Australia's independent infrastructure adviser.
Infrastructure Australia has approved the business cases for four Queensland projects with a combined value of $6 billion - Gold Coast light rail stage 3A and three Bruce Highway upgrades - adding them to the national Infrastructure Priority List.
Gold Coast light rail stage 3A will link Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads. CREDIT:GLENN HUNT
Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said the expanded light rail line on the southern part of the Gold Coast - from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads - would help tackle congestion.
"Gold Coast light rail stage 3A addresses the dual challenges of population growth and high levels of car dependency on the Gold Coast, one of Australia's major tourism destinations, which hosts around 12 million visitors each year," she said.
"With 88 per cent of trips currently by private vehicle and less than 5 per cent by public transport, urban congestion is a major challenge and this is expected to worsen as the Gold Coast's population grows by an estimated 55 per cent to 928,000 people by 2041."
The Queensland government estimated the cost of congestion between Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads was $38 million last year, which would increase to $145 million by 2041.
However, Ms Madew said the total benefits of stage 3A were close to its total costs.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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