All aboard… Gold Coast ferry trial likely to begin this year

Get excited Gold Coasters, because it looks like we might be boarding the city’s first ever ferry service by Christmas this year.

Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates said council will learn more about the Gold Coast’s much-anticipated ferry service trial at a full council meeting in March.

During the meeting, it’s understood Councillors will be presented with a report on likely vessel speeds, jetty upgrades, passenger stop locations and logistics.


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The ferry service, dubbed  “light-rail-on-water”, will see solar-powered catamarans travel between Labrador and Evandale with a plan to also have ferries travel as far as Metricon Stadium on event days.

Ms Gates said the city was doing everything it can to reduce traffic congestion on the Gold Coast.

“Road upgrades are the No 1 priority but we will continue to explore every aspect we can, including this two-year ferry trial,” she said.

“We hope to have the trial operational by the end of 2019.”

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