Future Tugun Traffic Crisis
PETITION AGAINST COBAKI TRAFFIC IN TUGUN
As local residents of Tugun we are concerned about the effects of traffic congestion that will be caused by the proposed Cobaki Lakes Development, especially on Boyd Street and the adjoining streets.
Background – An agreement made by the Gold Coast Council has allowed the developer to access the Gold Coast via the Boyd Street Bridge, already built over the M1.
This will be the preferred entry and exit from this estate that will be the size of Varsity Lakes, 5500 dwellings to be built over the next 15 years. It will also feed traffic from Bilambil Heights, a total of up to 35,000 people.
The developers intend to build around 400 homes per year plus their infrastructure. This means tradies vehicles, trucks and heavy equipment will be using Boyd Street over the next ten years, plus resident’s vehicles as the estate grows.
At the meeting of the Tugun Progress Association in early March, only about 70 people attended to hear about the development and the traffic problem that will be coming as soon as the development gets the go ahead in a few short months.
Basically, there is no guarantee that an interchange will be built onto the M1. They are going to “think” about it when the estate grows to 3500 homes. This is 7 to 10 years away. The Gold Coast Council is attempting to change the time of building the interchange is when they have 2,000 dwellings there. This is far too long to wait, at least 5 years, 5 years of construction and residential traffic.
Their “solution” instead is to widen Boyd Street to 4 lanes with the developer putting in $5 million of funding. These works are to begin when the traffic reaches 800 vehicles coming into Boyd Street from the estate. That is 13 vehicles per minute.
In January 2008, the traffic count was 6,000 vehicles per day both ways, east and west, up to 600 vehicles an hour, 10 a minute in peak times. So we would have to wait for this to double before any upgrades to the road.
Already Boyd Street is taking a lot of extra traffic from the hospital, desalination plant, and the Parc Estate. We also have tip traffic and sporting event traffic apart from our residential traffic.
Boyd Street clearly will not be able to cope with this new traffic source of building and construction vehicles alone, let alone residential traffic from the new estate. Boyd Street doesn’t even have direct access to the Gold Coast Highway and vehicles have to use the service road of the Gold Coast Highway coming out of Boyd Street.
We have just got a lot of traffic out of Tugun with the building of the M1 and it is ridiculous to put it back on our roads from a giant estate in NSW. We will have increased noise, traffic congestion and safety issues of our children crossing Boyd Street to the sporting fields and skateboard park.
The obvious solution is an interchange at the M1. The estimates of building this interchange is $40 million. The Queensland Government took it off the plan for the M1 because it was of benefit to NSW. NSW did not contribute any money to the M1.
We petition the NSW Government, Tweed Council and Leda Developments to build access to the M1 on the western side of the M1. An off ramp from the M1 to access Cobaki from the south and an on ramp onto the M1 taking traffic to the north.
The access to the M1 must be included in the planning from the start of the project, not five years plus into the future. The time saved in travelling time of construction vehicles will be beneficial to the developers as well.
For more details, visit www.tugunonline.com to see videos, information from the relevant parties and have your say. There is also a discussion of a fighting fund to investigate the legality of a 17 year old contract when there are clearly a different set of circumstances now in 2010.
We, the undersigned, petition the NSW Government, Tweed Council and Leda Developments to build access to the M1 on the western side of the M1. An off ramp from the M1 to access Cobaki from the south and an on ramp onto the M1 taking traffic to the north.
The access to the M1 must be included in the planning from the start of the project, not five years plus into the future.
This will prevent traffic congestion affecting the residents of Northern NSW specifically of Cobaki Lakes and Bilambil and Tugun residents.
It will give children in Tugun safer access to their recreational area with reduction of Boyd Street traffic.
It will save thousands of unnecessary travel hours by construction vehicles to the Cobaki Development.
Thank goodness there are people out there trying to put a stop to Boyd St being used as an access road. It is absolutely ridiculous that they would make Boyd St a four lane highway considering the road has a football and soccer club, dog park and skate park. Boyd St is already a busy road which is dangerous for our kids to cross I can’t imagine how bad the traffic congestion would be if this ludicrous idea goes ahead. Please update if there are any changes to the proposal and if there is anyway the community can band together to put a stop to this. Cheers, Angelique McMillan