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Massive funding boost for Gold Coast bus services

Multiple northern Gold Coast areas will receive additional bus services soon

Several suburbs in the northern Gold Coast region will receive a $16.4 million injection into bus services as a way of connecting the area to the greater Gold Coast.

The multi-million-dollar funding is also set to be put towards trialling new and upgraded bus services in the region over the next three years.

Suburbs that will receive this injection of funds includes Ormeau, Coomera and Pimpama as part of a joint program from the Queensland state government and the City of Gold Coast.

Queensland transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey says the funding is needed to assist the area’s growing population.

“This improvement package will deliver trial services to growing and significant residential developments for the first time, increasing access to jobs, education and essential services,” Bailey says.

“This funding will also see a bus service connecting locals to the recently opened Pimpama Sports Hub, and planned upgrades including a new network that responds to and serves the new Cross River Rail Pimpama Station, which is targeting completion in late 2024.”

Additional routes means there’ll be more services across Pimpama and in the growing area of Jacob’s Well.

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Gold Coast deputy mayor Donna Gates says previous services have been ineffective, with these upgrades meaning families can now benefit from 700 new services per week.

“We have 50 per cent of our population now living in the northern Gold Coast and I think the figure is 27 per cent of them are under 15 years old,” Gates says.

“So getting the kids to school and getting to your place of work has been difficult but this will really change things and be wonderful for the community.”

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the City of Gold Coast both say they’ve had plenty of community requests for more services, as changes to route 722 in 2019 resulted in a 250 per cent growth in patronage in the first six months of operating.

The trial will run to 2025/26 to determine the need and demand for these additional services.

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