Tweed Light Rail Study On Track for Delivery

29 October 2020

The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government are delivering on their election commitment to carry out a study into the possibility of a light rail connection in Tweed Heads.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the study comes after the NSW and Queensland governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year to assess the cross-border region’s needs and build a stronger public transport offering.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals committed $1 million at the last election to investigate the potential for light rail in the Tweed, and I’m pleased to say we are delivering on that commitment,” Mr Toole said.

“The study will see NSW identify a suitable five-kilometre corridor for a future light rail extension from Coolangatta to the Tweed, while Queensland will investigate the corridor to the north.”

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the study would focus on various ways of connecting the Tweed and Gold Coast, including the airport and university.

“This area is a global gateway, with about 30,000 daily cross-border commuter trips between Tweed Shire and Gold Coast occurring every day before COVID-19 restrictions came into place,” Mr Provest said.

“We know we’ll see those numbers again when border closures lift, so it’s important we look at ways now to help make public transport a first-choice option for people in the region by exploring our options.

“The study will also look at how other forms of transport, including buses, cycling and walking could be integrated and improved if the Gold Coast light rail is extended south of the Queensland border.”

The Queensland Government released an Expression of Interest in August for a consultant to carry out the Tugun to Tweed Multimodal Corridor study.  Transport for NSW is using the shortlisted consultants from the EOI as the basis for a Request for Tender as part of the joint study approach.

The successful tenderer will be announced later this year.

 

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Source:  NSW Government - www.nsw.gov.au

Date of Original:  22 October 2020

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