All Aboard! The final piece of track has today been connected on the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the final weld was an exciting milestone in the countdown to the commencement of passenger services from February 2018.
“Light Rail has fundamentally changed public transport on the Gold Coast and once Stage 2 opens people will be able to travel seamlessly across the Coast and to Brisbane,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“The improved rail connectivity between Queensland’s two largest cities has been embraced by the people of the Gold Coast and will help drive future growth and opportunity.”
GoldlinQ Chairman John Witheriff said a great deal of work had gone in to reaching this point, including the removal of two large sections of rock along Smith Street Motorway, which was a critical element that allowed rail works to advance.
“Motorists who drive the Smith Street Motorway would have seen the works at the end of Uplands Drive where we have removed about 84,000 tonnes of rock, which has reduced the height of the hillside by about 18 metres,” Mr Witheriff said.
It was also revealed today that the future of the G:Link has been cemented with $5 million towards developing a business case for Stage 3, which will see the light rail extended from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads.
“In recognition of how transformative GCLR has been, I am very happy to announce that my Government is committing $5 million for the development of a detailed business case for Stage 3A in collaboration with Gold Coast City Council,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Gold Coasters can expect to start seeing the trams being tested on the new 7.3 kilometre light rail link between Parkwood and Helensvale soon.
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