Nolan's last connection

Queensland’s Transport Minister Rachel Nolan vacates her office with some good news for Sunshine Coast residents awaiting the Coast Connect route

Nolan's last connection
Nolan’s last connection

February 21, 2011

The Sunshine Coast's 23 kilometre green transport corridor is a step closer with the final route announced by departing Transport Minister Rachel Nolan in Queensland Parliament late last week.

"The State Government has finalised the route CoastConnect will take and will now begin protecting the corridor so we can build a mix of bus priority intersections, bus lanes, and shared bike and pedestrian ways," Nolan says.

"CoastConnect will provide faster and more reliable transport options and is an important part of the Bligh Government's long-term plan to meet the Sunshine Coast's increasing transport needs."

Nolan says the community had played a key part in finalising the corridor and in developing the project so far.

"We've incorporated community feedback by minimising impacts on Alexandra Parade and Aerodrome Road, increasing car parks, and fast tracking the Maroochydore Bus station.

"As already committed last year, the busy Alexandra Parade will remain as four lanes only, with bus priority at key intersections."

Nolan says she was grateful to the community for their input and patience throughout the planning process.

CoastConnect will feature buses with their own space in the transport network, additional bus services will operate between Caloundra and Maroochydore, new bus stations will be built at Maroochydore, Kawana, Currimundi and Caloundra and improvements will be made to more than 70 bus stops.

Construction is planned to begin in 2014 with completion between Caloundra and Maroochydore scheduled for 2019 as part of the Queensland Government's $13 billion boost to green transport on the Sunshine Coast over 20 years.

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