South-west passenger rail critical for Logan's growing communities
Communities in Logan's rapidly-growing south-west should not have to wait decades for a promised passenger rail service that could to save commuters up to $15,000 a year in lost travel time.
As part of the FairShare4Logan campaign, Logan City Council and the Logan community are calling on all parties and local candidates to commit to bringing forward delivery of the Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger line.
Mayor Luke Smith said a firm, funded timeframe for the passenger service will shape how people live and plan their work choices in Logan's south-west, one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.
"More than 170,000 additional people will be living in the State Government-developed areas of Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone alone in coming years, and they will need access to efficient and reliable public transport," Mayor Smith said.
"Passenger rail will reduce congestion on the south-west's roads as the population continues to expand, and will give locals greater education, employment and lifestyle options."
City Infrastructure Committee Chair Phil Pidgeon said access to public transport often made a huge difference in where people chose to live, and would potentially save future commuters thousands of dollars.
"We estimate that commuters in the south-west could save up to $15,000 a year, or four hours a day in lost time stuck in traffic, once the line is operational," Cr Pidgeon said.
"We're asking for a commitment to deliver this critical infrastructure much earlier than the current plan.
"We're also asking that stations be included along the line at Hillcrest, Boronia Heights, Greenbank, New Beith, Flagstone and Undullah.
"We're calling on our south-west communities to join with us through FairShare4Logan.com.au to reinforce with State Election candidates that this is an important issue in our city."
Council is mobilising the community to help ensure the City of Logan receives its fair share of funding for major roads and public transport, and timely services for emerging communities.
The #FairShare4Logan campaign enables locals to have their say and reinforce the need for critical investment in Logan.
The campaign is based around five key priorities:
- Mount Lindesay Hwy
- M1 Motorway and extension of South East Busway
- Waterford Tamborine Rd
- Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Rail
- Infrastructure for growing communities.
Act now: www.FairShare4Logan.com.au