Bilinga interchange underway while Boyd Street interchange shelved

13 Aug 2008 12:44 PMJann Stuckey

13 August 2008

Recent opening of the Tugun Bypass has created the need for remodelling of the Bilinga interchange, whilst the construction of an interchange at Boyd Street has been moth-balled, Currumbin MP, Jann Stuckey said.

“$1.02 million was announced in June for concept planning of the Bilinga interchange to allow safer and more efficient entry to the Tugun Bypass for traffic coming from Coolangatta and to cater for future access to the Gold Coast airport site at Bilinga,” said Ms Stuckey.

 “The Bilinga interchange refers to the Gold Coast Highway intersection of Musgrave Street and Coolangatta Road.

“Concept planning investigation is still at a preliminary stage, however some early works near the Terminal Drive access to the Gold Coast airport that can be delivered by working in a partnership with Gold Coast Airport Limited have been identified. 

“Early works include a new direct connection road and intersection located just south of the Bilinga interchange giving traffic from the south using the old Tweed bypass a more direct connection to and from the airport terminal, instead of using terminal Drive.

“While I am pleased that this funding has been allocated to further improve this busy stretch of road, I am disappointed that the Beattie-Bligh Government has again underestimated the importance of constructing an interchange at Boyd Street.

“Local residents lobbied hard for over twenty years for the construction of the Tugun Bypass to reduce traffic congestion, only to have an integral part of the solution put on hold for another twenty years.

“My office is receiving calls on a regular basis from residents around Inland Drive, Tugun, who are concerned about the effect of a high increase in vehicles using Boyd Street.

“It is common knowledge that South East Queensland is a rapidly growing region. The Queensland Government needs to listen to local residents and invest in long term solutions before traffic gridlock becomes a major problem again and the benefits of the Tugun Bypass are short-lived,” Ms Stuckey said.