With a continued focus on public transport, the Nationals have made two recent announcements about light rail, and bus services.
One announcement says a light rail line connecting Tweed Heads to Coolangatta Airport is a step closer with strategic planning for the project to be funded under a NSW Liberals and Nationals Government.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said providing $1 million for strategic planning is the next step for the long awaited project, which will improve transport links between the twin towns of Tweed and Coolangatta.
‘There are some 30,000 trips made every day between Tweed and Coolangatta and most of these are made by car,’ said Mr Constance said.
‘We know light rail would be game-changing for the area and it should not miss out on it because there is a state border between the towns.’
The next step towards the project follows a recently completed feasibility study.
‘The study identified two route options – one from the Airport to North Tweed, the other from the Airport to South Tweed,’ he said.
‘Both routes would link the two centres and potentially further north with Gold Coast City Council planning to extend its light rail line to Burleigh and Coolangatta Airport in the future.’
The second announcement is that the Tweed community will get access to more bus services for longer periods of the day.
Mr Constance said the boost in services was part of the NSW Government’s new regional growth buses program.
‘We are serious about improving public transport services and making them even more accessible across rural and regional NSW communities,’ he said.
‘Labor completely neglected rural and regional transport. Since 2011 our Government has delivered 1,462 new rural and regional buses, nearly half are air-conditioned seatbelt equipped buses and we’ll deliver more services in the bush.
‘The Tweed community will enjoy more than 300 additional weekly bus services, with extended hours and a focus on delivering better connections to local TAFEs, hospitals and better cross-border connections.’
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the commitment to improve services for his local community.
‘My community will get direct links to between Murwillumbah and Kingscliff TAFEs and the new hospital from new bus routes, extended hours between 5am and 9pm to existing services and providing better connections to our neighbouring state,’ he said.
Other service improvements include:
• Double frequency between Kingscliff and Tweed Heads West, via Tweed Mall, on route 601 on weekdays
• A new route 600 will be introduced to link Banora Point to Tweed Mall and the Qld border
• A new direct route 609 to link Murwillumbah and Kingscliff – 5 trips weekday only
• Additional late afternoon and evening services on routes 600 and 601 on weekdays and Saturdays.
The additional services are expected to be introduced by the end of the year.