Queensland

Route finalised for Sunshine Coast's CoastConnect green corridor

COASTCONNECT, the Sunshine Coast's 23 kilometre green transport corridor has moved a step closer, with the final route announced in Queensland Parliament last week by Transport Minister Rachel Nolan.

CoastConnect is a Queensland Government initiative to promote sustainable travel on the Sunshine Coast.

The project will provide a range of sustainable transport options along the corridor from Caloundra to Maroochydore, including bus priority lanes, on-road cycle lanes, bus stop upgrades, bus queue bypasses and new bus stops.

Ms Nolan said bus travel times between Caloundra and Maroochydore would be improved by up to 13 minutes and pedestrians and cyclists would also benefit along the CoastConnect corridor.

"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," Ms Nolan said.

Ms Nolan said that public transport would become more reliable, frequent, comfortable and accessible as a result of the CoastConnect project.

Construction is expected to commence in 2014 with completion scheduled for 2019.

More information on the CoastConnect project is available from the Department of Transport and Main Roads website at <http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/CoastConnect>.

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