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Traffic has worsened significantly through Surfers Paradise and in parts of Southport since the light rail opened, despite the line running directly through the two suburbs.
In 2011, just under 32,000 car trips were made each day along the Gold Coast Highway around Elkhorn Avenue in Surfers Paradise but that number has blown out to nearly 40,000 - an increase of more than 23 per cent.
Lawson Street in Southport has seen a 22.3 per cent increase in traffic since 2011 while Nerang Street at Ferry Road has gone up 2.6 per cent.
A light rail tram on the streets of Southport on the Gold Coast. (AAP)
By comparison, car trips across Chevron Island has dropped 14.4 per cent and a whopping 44.4 per cent along Scarborough Street past the Australia Fair shopping centre.
"Given the increase in population, we were always expecting that there'd be an increase in traffic movement across the (Gold Coast)," Gold Coast planning boss, Cameron Caldwell told 9News.
"But the light rail does provide a really good alternative."
Patronage on the light rail has increased 20.1 per cent since it opened, with nearly eight million people using the system in 2017.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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