The Queensland Government has today released new footage of the proposed route for Stage 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail, which will potentially see the tram travel from Helensvale all the way to Burleigh Heads.
Gold Coasters are being encouraged to have their say on the exciting extension, with a number of community information sessions taking place on the Coast next month.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was important for the community to have an opportunity to comment on the reference design and gain an understanding of the proposed route.
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“These drop-in sessions will provide an opportunity for locals to speak with project team members about Stage 3A planning and the current reference design,” Mr Bailey said.
“The community will be able to view maps of the reference design for the proposed route in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway as well as proposed station locations, traffic lanes and intersection changes.”
Mr Bailey said locals and business owners can also provide feedback between 1 August and 1 September via an online survey at gclr3a.com.au.
“Population growth continues to place increasing pressure on the city’s road network which is why planning for this extension of the light rail system is essential,” he said.
“The project team is working hard using the reference design to finalise the detailed business case.”
The information seminars come following the release of interesting new data by the State Government today, which revealed the number of people using the Light Rail has increased by 33 per cent in just seven months.
“Since Stage 2 came online in December we have seen a 33 per cent increase in light rail patronage overall, with more than 5.2 million trips taken in the first six months,” Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said.
“This is an increase of about 51,000 trips per week in 2018 compared to 2017.”
The Palaszczuk Government is currently working in partnership with the City of Gold Coast to deliver the next stage.
Gold Coasters who would like to learn more about the project and provide feedback can do so at the following drop-in sessions:
Burleigh Heads Surf Club (Cnr Goodwin Tce and Gold Coast Hwy)
- Wednesday 15 August
6pm to 8pm
- Saturday 18 August
11am to 1pm
Mermaid Beach Surf Club (172 Hedges Ave)
- Wednesday 22 August
6pm to 8pm
- Saturday 25 August
11am to 1pm