In September and October 2020, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) undertook community consultation to gain feedback on the following urban design elements of the project:

  • design of noise barriers
  • design of retaining walls
  • landscaping and planting in and around the project corridor
  • design of a shared path for walking and bike riding.

Urban design artist impressions

Based on community feedback, a series of artist impressions below have been developed to show how these urban design elements could look for Coomera Connector Stage 1 between Coomera and Nerang.

Key points to note:

  • The artist impressions are based on community feedback and will inform the detailed design of the project.
  • The artist impressions are based on the ultimate six-lane configuration of the Coomera Connector.
  • Based on transport demand modelling and available construction funding, the Stage 1 business case may recommend fewer lanes are built in some sections to meet medium-term needs.
  • The artist impressions were presented to the Stage 1 Coomera Connector Community Reference Group (CRG) in late 2020. Feedback from CRG members was positive.

View the artist impressions in more detail below

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Coomera River bridge

Coomera River Bridge

A key feature of Coomera Connector Stage 1 will be a new bridge over the Coomera River, to the east of the rail line.

The new bridge will play a significant role in reducing congestion on the M1. Transparent noise barrier panels could be used to reduce noise but not interrupt views in this location.


Coomera River bridge viewing platform

Shared path for walking and bike riding

The shared path for walking and bike riding could feature rest areas with seating to allow people to stop, rest and enjoy views in some locations. Seating, shade, landscaping and planting, and bubblers could be included in the design of the shared path. Solar panels could also be included on the shade structure to power lighting on the shared path.


Monterey Keys, Helensvale

Monterey Keys, Helensvale

A mix of absorptive and reflective noise barriers will be used in different locations to achieve high levels of noise mitigation. Noise barriers will screen views of the road from residents and could include transparent panels in some locations to allow sunlight through to nearby houses.

TMR is investigating opportunities to relocate the shared path away from the road where possible.


The Shores, Helensvale

The Shores, Helensvale

Natural finishes are proposed to be used for retaining walls to blend in with the surrounding environment. The retaining wall in this location will enable a buffer of trees to be retained which will act as a key wildlife movement corridor. Fauna exclusion fencing will restrict wildlife from entering the road.

TMR is investigating opportunities to relocate the shared path away from the road where possible.


The Surrounds, Helensvale

The shared path near The Surrounds estate could be positioned to enable the creation of a community green space. Trees and other planting could provide shade for the path and screen the noise barriers and road from the view of residents.


Arundel Springs, Arundel

As the road will be elevated in some locations, retaining walls will be required, as illustrated here at Arundel Springs. Low maintenance climbing plants such as Ficus pumila could be grown on retaining walls and noise barriers in some locations, making them more visually appealing. Transparent panels allow sunlight through to nearby houses.


Napper Road and Smith Street, Parkwood

The Coomera Connector will be elevated over the intersection of Napper Road and Smith Street, minimising impacts on the existing traffic network. Noise barriers will reduce traffic noise and screen views of the road from residents. The shared path for walking and bike riding will be integrated into the existing pedestrian and cycling network.


For further information about the Coomera Connector project, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/coomeraconnector