Robina's roundabout replacement improves safety and cuts congestion

Media Release

DC148/2016

14 October 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Karen Andrews

Member for McPherson

Cr Tom Tate

Mayor of City of Gold Coast

Long traffic queues at the intersection of Christine Avenue and Scottsdale Drive at Robina are now history, with new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings set to save drivers an estimated 100,000 hours a year in delays.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgraded intersection was a big win for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

“This project was partly funded by a $1.9 million grant from the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery programme and is a great example of why this grassroots scheme is so popular,” Mr Chester said.

“By working with the State Government and City of Gold Coast, we have been able to enhance the local lifestyle by making this intersection safer and more efficient, so residents and visitors can get on with their busy days.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government contributed $1.75 million to the upgrade through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) that provides a boost to local councils to help build and maintain transport infrastructure.

“The project included the removal of the existing roundabout and the installation of new traffic signals, signalised pedestrian crossings and street lighting, improving safety for all road users,” Mr Bailey said.

“There is also a new slip lane on Scottsdale Drive to further improve traffic movement efficiency for south bound traffic turning left into Christine Avenue.”

At today's official opening of the upgraded intersection, Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said the project was an example of the Australian Government, state government and local council working together to deliver important road efficiency and safety gains.

“We're getting local residents home quicker and more safely,” Mrs Andrews said.

“I'm proud to have helped deliver the $1.9 million in Commonwealth funding to help improve the liveability of this area. Now that it has been completed, the new intersection will reduce vehicle queues by several hundred metres at busy times.”

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said that in addition to improving the safety of the intersection for all road users, the upgrade ensures more people can access local businesses including the Robina Auto Mall, Easy T Centre, Varsity Lakes and Robina Town Centre.

“The $4.4 million project has also reduced journey times through the area improving access to the M1, schools and the hospital,” Cr Tate said.

This project was jointly funded between the Australian Government, Queensland Government which provided $1.75 million and the City of Gold Coast which contributed $771,000.