Restaurant owners and accommodation providers say they face financial ruin over Gold Coast tram noise

Is this what we have to look forward to in Newcastle?

From the Gold Coast Bulletin, 26 June 2014:

RESTAURANT owners and accommodation providers say they face financial ruin as visitors flee an ear-piercing screeching noise emitted by trams on the new light rail.

The Bulletin is fielding increasing complaints from traders in Surfers Paradise and Southport about the trams as operator GoldLinQ closes in on a deadline to start carrying passengers.

Peter Nissen, who has operated Paradise Towers for more than 40 years, said noise from construction and now from trams screeching along Surfers Paradise Boulevard had destroyed his once booming trade.

“The noise has become so bad we have been forced to shut down our tourism accommodation because people were turning up and leaving soon after because of it,’’ Mr Nissen said.

“We used to make upward of $40,000 a month but now nobody wants to stay here anymore. It has been just devastating because it has driven both tourists and our long-term tenants away.’’

Read the full article at the Gold Coast Bulletin.