I went to Brisbane (via Gold Coast Airport + drove up in a rental car) today for a day trip. The highlight was seeing this massive semi-trailer on the Gateway Motorway with a HUGE digital billboard on the back saying ‘Stuck in traffic? Blame Labor’ or something like that. The sight of it was just absurd.
Is road traffic literally the only issue for the state there? I was listening to the car radio and looking at billboards, and that was the only thing I saw on election advertising.
It was weird to see that the Gold Coast, with a population of 1 million people and obviously better planned roads than Sydney, somehow had traffic that was just as bad as Sydney. Especially that Pacific Motorway. Eight lanes (which is usually the maximum you’ll ever see on a highway like that) is totally incapable of providing a free flow. Adding extra lanes or duplicating the motorway would just add a bottleneck somewhere else down the line (like that shocker where the old Gateway and new Gateway Motorways merge and diverge). A public transport option would be a far better idea.