The State Government has announced the final two locations of three brand new train stations for the Gold Coast as part of the Cross River Rail.
One will be situated in Helensvale North, next to Mangrove Jack Park just off Hope Island Road.
The other will be in Merrimac, off Gooding Drive, approximately 750 metres east of the Pacific Motorway and Gooding Drive interchange.
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The two new stations add to the already announced station at Pimpama, meaning a total of three stations will be delivered for the Gold Coast by 2024, when the Cross River Rail is due to be delivered.
The three Gold Coast stations are expected to cost the state government $120 million, as part of of $5.4 billion investment in rail right across south east.
Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones says the project, once completed, will take a lot of pressure off the Brisbane commute for Gold Coasters.
“We expect that by having better quality connected rail, that we can reduce people using our road network.
“Helensvale North we expect around 2,800 people to use that daily, similarly at Merrimac more than 2,000.
“This is a significant investment in improving the rail network between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and we do expect that that will deliver more people choosing to use the rail as oppose to road traffic,” Ms Jones said.
It’s expected more than 120 jobs will be created during the construction of the stations.
Locals are being encouraged to have their say on the three station concepts, with a number of community drop-in sessions taking place at the following locations: