#Trains and #publictransport are primarily the responsibility of the state government. However, where they are constructed impacts local roads, local pathways, community safety, traffic congestion and local parks. These sorts of issues are the type we receive every day in the Division 9 office.
Recently, the state announced the proposed location of a new train station at Merrimac, just off Gooding Drive (Exit 77) between Jondique Ave and Bourton Road. While it is in Division 8, it's adjacent two residential areas and this road is heavily used by Division 9 residents from #Worongary, #HighlandPark and #Tallai when they travel east. Locals would know that traffic congestion is already very difficult on most days in this area, due to school traffic at St Michaels and All Saints, and the single lane merge to the M1 at the Gooding Drive interchange. Frankly, I’m not convinced this is the right location for a train station and Park’n’Ride.
Just 1km north is a large industrial area off the Elysium Drive (Exit 75) interchange. The precinct is home to Tip Top Bakeries, Downer Engineering, the City of Gold Coast Fleet depot, VISY recycling and hundreds of other workers who drive to work every day. Over the M1 from this precinct is the single largest residential development currently planned for the Gold Coast, Pacific View Estate, where 10,000 people will come to live over the coming 10-15 years.
This Elysium Drive industrial precinct is a better location for the Merrimac Station and Park’n'Ride, particularly if it could be connected to Gooding Drive by pathways and bikeways. It gives room to grow for the Park’n’Ride and plans for the future growth residential growth to the west. It avoids adding traffic congestion to an already busy area. If the Robina and Varsity station carparks are any indication, it is clear we need better options for peak hour commuters. What is currently proposed is just not enough.
The state government has invited submissions and if this issue matters to you, I encourage you to follow the link below and offer this suggested alternative, or your own if you have one.