Major construction is underway on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 (GCLR3), with upgrades to the Southport depot and essential underground services in Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach.
Traffic changes are taking place on the Gold Coast Highway to relocate and upgrade major water main, sewer and gas infrastructure.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $1.2 billion, jointly funded, stage three extension will take the G:link system a further 6.7 kilometres from Broadbeach to Burleigh heads, with eight new stations.
“This is an exciting milestone for this project which will support around 760 good local jobs,” the Premier said.
“And if any of the previous stages are to go by, 90 per cent of workers came from the Gold Coast and surrounding regions.
The Gold Coast Light Rail system is designed to be delivered in stages to respond to population growth.
The project will connect communities with business and jobs, hospitals and medical facilities, education, shopping, dining, entertainment and sporting centres.
Through this critical infrastructure we will support the Gold Coast and its continued growth over the next 2 decades.
Key features of Stage 3:
- 6.7km extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads.
- Dual track in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway.
- 8 stations.
- Retain 2 traffic lanes either side of light rail tracks.
- 5 additional trams.
- A journey time of around 16 to 17 minutes from Broadbeach South station to Burleigh Heads.
RA member John Holland is delivering Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3, and major construction has now commenced.