The Gold Coast’s Light Rail Network project looks to be moving closer towards beginning construction with recent government announcements & funding pledges signalling the gears are finally in motion.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pledged $95 million in federal funding (capped) towards stage 2 of the light rail which will link the existing rail line with the main rail line.
“Construction of Stage 2 of Gold Coast Light Rail will provide the missing link from the Gold Coast to Brisbane,” said Mr Turnbull.
Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad also announced her plan to invite 3 companies to tender for stage 2 of the rail project.
A contractor should be appointed for the project sometime in early 2016, after the request for tender stage comes to a close in December of this year.
1000 construction jobs are forecast to be created once construction gets underway.
"We will link the two economies of the Gold Coast and Brisbane and we will see a lot more opportunities for travel on public transport and it'll help the congested M1 corridor," said Steve Harrison, chairman of the Gold Coast Light Rail Business Advisory Group.
The 7.3 kilometre, Stage 2 project would connect the Gold Coast University Hospital light rail train station with the Helensvale heavy rail station & bus interchange.
Prime Minister Turnbull and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk expects the rail project will be finished and operational just in time for the Commonwealth Games due to be held on the Gold Coast in 2018.
“This project is vital for the Commonwealth Games transport task. It connects five competition venues and nine events to accommodation and public transport interchanges,” said Mr Turnbull.