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CoastConnect: Caloundra to Maroochydore Quality Bus Corridor

Overview:

CoastConnect aims to increase options for sustainable travel on the Sunshine Coast through a priority bus spine and improved cycle facilities from Caloundra to Maroochydore.

Location:

Caloundra to Maroochydore.

Benefits:

CoastConnect is a Queensland Government initiative for sustainable travel on the Sunshine Coast. It is an important part of the Queensland Government’s long-term plan to meet the transport needs of the Sunshine Coast by providing faster and more reliable public transport options.

Regions:
North Coast and Wide Bay-Burnett Region - North Coast District

Project info

CoastConnect is an integral part of the Queensland Government's long-term plan to meet the changing transport needs of the Sunshine Coast. The Department of Transport and Main Roads is undertaking this project to increase options for sustainable travel on the Sunshine Coast through a priority bus spine from Caloundra to Maroochydore, including:

  • bus priority lanes
  • on-road cycle lanes
  • bus stations in key activity areas
  • bus stop upgrades
  • bus queue bypasses.

The need for CoastConnect is outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2010-2031, the draft Connecting SEQ Plan 2031: an Integrated Regional Transport Plan, and the TransLink Network Plan 2010.

What has happened so far?

Phase Purpose and outcomes Timing
Phase one – terms of Reference Community and stakeholder input was sought into the project’s terms of reference. This was used to develop the draft concept design options. 19 Nov to 16 Dec 2007
Phase two – draft Concept Designs Draft concept designs were released for community and stakeholder consultation. Significant feedback from the community was received and the plans were revised. 8 Sept to 17 Oct 2008
Phase three – Revised draft Concept Designs The revised draft concept design and preview impact management plan was released for community and stakeholder consultation. Feedback was received from the community. 29 June to 7 Aug 2009
Announcement of final Concept Design and Impact Management Plan The final Concept Design and Impact Management Plan and corridor alignment is now available. Early 2011
Staged construction Staged construction will occur as demand is warranted and as funding is available.
Work completed: 
- Maroochydore bus station 
- Kawana Shoppingworld bus station
- Sunshine Coast University Hospital bus station and bus priority 
- Lake Kawana Boulevard/Nicklin Way intersection bus priority measures
- Priority bus stop upgrades on the corridor
- Corridor preserved for future upgrades.
From 2014

 

Community info

TMR received 512 submissions from 3 rounds of consultation and has held more than 1000 meetings with local property and business owners. Feedback from the local community has helped refine plans and develop the final Concept Design and Impact Management Plan (CDIMP).

You can view the CDIMP or the In Brief (an easy-to-understand summary of the CDIMP) through the media section of this website, or at the following locations:

  • Maroochydore Library – 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree
  • Kawana Library – Nanyima Street, Buddina
  • Caloundra Library – Omrah Avenue, Caloundra.

The CDIMP and In Brief are also available on CD. To obtain a copy, please contact the project team. 

Contact details

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 5451 7055
Fax: 07 5451 7098
Post: CoastConnect
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore Qld 4558

Latest news

Concept Design and Impact Management Plan

The Queensland Government has released the final CoastConnect Concept Design and Impact Management Plan (CDIMP). The CDIMP contains an analysis of the project’s anticipated benefits and impacts, including details on how potential impacts can be mitigated in future detailed design and construction phases.

The project team, in conjunction with key stakeholders and the community, has finalised the preferred alignment. This process involved 3 rounds of community and stakeholder consultation between late 2007 and mid-2009. All feedback was considered prior to finalising the alignment. The identified corridor is now protected under the provisions of the Transport Planning and Coordination Act (1994).

The key benefits of the preferred corridor include:

  • most direct route between the existing and emerging activity nodes
  • complements future CAMCOS rail network
  • better connections to community services, facilities and local activity centres with subsequent economic benefits
  • opportunity to minimise impacts upon residential areas
  • less environmental impact by using existing transport corridors
  • reducing bus travel times by up to 13 minutes between Maroochydore and Caloundra
  • reducing traffic congestion, pollution and noise by enticing people out of their cars and onto public transport (for every full bus, there are 40 less cars on the road)
  • offering a congestion free alternative to private vehicle travel.

The preferred strategy map is available for download.

Planning for Brisbane Road and Walan Street

Planning for Brisbane Road and Walan Street will be consistent with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's planning for this section (see CoastConnect preferred strategy map, above). For more information on the latest planning for Brisbane Road, please contact Council's customer service centre

Maroochydore Bus Station

CoastConnect planning for Brisbane Road and Walan Street will align with Sunshine Coast Council's planning for this section. For more information please visit Sunshine Coast Council’s website

Next steps

Delivery of CoastConnect – Caloundra to Maroochydore will continue to be staged over several years. The remaining work will be considered in the future, after assessment of competing priorities and depending on funding availability.

The staging strategy map is available for download.  

Last updated
04 March 2020