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Construction starts on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two

09 Aug, 16

SOD has now been turned on the $420 million Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2, a ceremonial start to what the Queensland government envisions as a key part of preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The event was attended by newly re-elected federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher, Queensland Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. Bulk earthworks and excavation will now be underway as a prelude to the installation of tracks.

 

Hinchliffe said the project would, in an Australian-first, “deliver the first public transport station that will integrate all modes of passenger transport”.

 

“This public transport hub will provide a bold new point of entry to the area and will also support the 2018 Commonwealth Games transport task with up to 3000 people an hour able to be moved by light rail from Helensvale into Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach,” Hinchliffe said.

 

Tate explained that the completed project would have a positive economic impact on the surrounding region, including private developer Villawood completing a 620-house and 1500-apartment estate.

 

GoldLinQ chairman John Witheriff said construction would continue until the second half of 2017, which would then be followed by testing and commissioning.

 

“There will be significant construction activity over the next 12 months as we focus on delivering this vital infrastructure however all efforts will be made to minimise the impact on residents and motorists,” Witheriff said. “We are committed to ensuring Stage Two construction supports the Gold Coast. This will be a local job built by local workers and contractors.”

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