New transport strategy to manage growth

Published on 13 October 2021

Businessman waiting for the tram

The City will develop a new city-wide transport strategy to help address the massive population growth being experienced across the coast.

“It’s imperative we remain nimble in our response to city growth. The existing strategy is based on our city achieving a population of one million residents by 2041. Current predictions are we may hit that mark five years earlier so we need to bring forward a suite of measures to meet that target.

“As mayor, I’m proud that our current transport strategy has been so successful in improving our local transport system. We continue to be in a position to respond proactively to the city’s growth. This same approach will apply to all our key strategies including the City Plan.

“The City Plan is effectively the blueprint as to where future urban, industrial and commercial growth can occur, and in what form. That plan has been reviewed several times since its inception in February 2016. The latest changes to that plan are awaiting State Government sign off.

“Local roads, congestion and public transport are top-of-mind for thousands of residents. I applaud council for today supporting the approach to develop a new transport strategy for our city. Work will start immediately on this key document.’’

Mayor Tate said major aspects of the existing strategy will remain.

“Obviously, light rail is the spine of our broader public transport system and we will continue with that mode of transport all the way to the airport and Coolangatta,’’ he said.

“With the Olympics only 11 years way, we have a great opportunity to better prepare the entire SEQ region, including our city, for an exciting transport future.’’

The draft strategy will be prepared before seeking community consultation in 2022.

“The public will have their say, as we do with all our strategies,’’ he said.

Key focus areas of the new strategy will be:

  • Electric and autonomous vehicles and the future of transport technology in our city;
  • Gold Coast Light Rail and other east-west mass transit systems;
  • Local road connectivity to major State upgrades and projects;
  • Active transport – cycleways, school-based travel, behaviour change programs;
  • Water services including ferries; and
  • Improved heavy rail services as a result of the Cross RiverRail project.


Current strategy: