Traffic management

Our Transport and Traffic branch works to resolve traffic engineering, cyclist, road safety, parking and congestion issues to ensure a safe and liveable environment for the Gold Coast community. 

Every day we have crews managing our roads through CCTV and adjusting traffic signals, as well as repairing and maintaining roads in response to road conditions.

We also have a yearly road upgrade program. To view current and recent road works, visit Projects & works.

Our Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031 guides the development of a connected and safe transport system to meet the community's needs into the future.

Frequent resident requests

As our city grows and our roads get busier, residents often enquire about:

  • yellow no stopping lines across driveways
  • pedestrian zebra crossings
  • traffic management around schools.

Find out more about how to make requests about your safety concerns.

Yellow no stopping lines across driveways

It is illegal to park across a driveway – with or without a yellow no stopping line painted across it. If someone is blocking access to your driveway, contact City Parking on 5667 5989 or report it online.

Regular enforcement is more effective than requesting a yellow no stopping line.

We understand it can be frustrating living in a busy residential street, trying to manoeuvre in and out of your driveway. However, parking close to a driveway is legal, and provided there are no unusual road features, safe access is usually possible. For this reason, we are reluctant to install yellow line markings across or next to driveways. However, in some cases where there are crests and curves, a small section of yellow line may be needed to help with safe access.

To request an assessment by one of our traffic engineers, submit your request in writing to email: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Pedestrian crossings

Motorists must give way to pedestrians on a zebra crossing (white lines marked on the road). However, zebra crossings are just one way to help pedestrians safely cross the road. Depending on the road conditions, other options may be safer.

The safe operation of a zebra crossing depends on drivers being able to see the pedestrian using the crossing and then being able to stop in time to let the pedestrian cross. Zebra crossings are not safe in the following situations:

  • where features of the road affect the line of sight between the driver and the crossing
  • where there is more than one lane of traffic in one direction
  • where the speed limit is more than 50km/h
  • on busy arterial roads
  • if a zebra crossing is not frequently used, drivers who routinely use the road may forget to check for pedestrians and an accident may occur
  • zebra crossings can be unsafe near schools, as young children are not able to judge if a driver will stop in time.

Options for improving pedestrian safety include:

Crossing type Options
Existing zebra crossing
  • Increase visibility of a crossing by adding signage and pavement markings and/or remove nearby vegetation or car parking.
  • Raise the height of the crossing.
  • Relocate or remove a crossing to ensure that current safety standards are met.
Pedestrian refuge
  • An island in the middle of the road, called a pedestrian refuge, lets pedestrians cross the road in two stages, so they only need to look for traffic in one direction at a time.
  • Small traffic islands at kerb ramps reduce the distance a pedestrian is has to cross, and they help improve visibility.
High traffic area
  • Pedestrian traffic lights can reduce the chances of a collision by separating pedestrians and vehicles, however, these can be costly and take time to implement.
  • Reducing the speed limit where there are high volumes of pedestrians and cyclist.
School crossing Supervised children's crossings are safer for children near schools. They are managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

To request an assessment by our traffic engineers for a new zebra crossing, upgrade an existing crossing or report a safety issue, submit your request in writing to: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

School traffic management

We work closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to make sure the roads around our schools are as safe and efficient as possible.

We all know how congested the roads get around schools during drop off and pick up times. Congestion around most schools during peak times clears within 20-30 minutes so expensive road upgrades are often not feasible. Congestion also causes traffic to move slower, making roads safer for children.

The poor behaviour of some parents can impact the safety of our children as well as cause congestion and parking issues. Try contacting your school first to discuss your safety concern. They can educate the school community via the school newsletter.

Tips to help ease congestion when using your school's drop off/pick up zone

  • Stop your vehicle as close as possible to the front of the drop-off/pick-up zone
  • Stay in the car
  • Avoid placing school bags in the car boot
  • Don't double park – having children move between cars is dangerous
  • Avoid arriving at the school in peak times, even by 5 minutes, it can make a big difference to the amount of congestion.
  • Ask your child to look out for your car when waiting at the pick-up area
  • If your child is not there, you must leave the loading zone after two minutes and try again. Let your child know that this may happen
  • Pick up your child in a safe location rather than the most convenient spot
  • Don't park on yellow no stopping lines
  • Always obey the road rules and observe traffic and parking signs. For more information on parking rules visit Safe and legal parking

If you are concerned about traffic management around your school, submit your concern in writing to: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Road closures 

For information on road works, closures, traffic hazards or events impacting major roads, visit City road closures

Road safety

For information about our Road Safety Plan and road rules, visit Road safety