GOLD Coasters could soon catch a tram straight to Sea World or The Spit at Main Beach if new plans to extend the city’s light rail network prove popular with the public.
Two main route options are being considered for what would be a new 2.6km ‘spur line’, with one running through the restaurant precinct of Tedder Avenue and the other along the Broadwater.
Each proposal comes at no cost to ratepayers and includes stops near Southport Yacht Club, Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace with the line ending at Sea World.
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Mayor Tom Tate said the spur line would be a “shot in the arm” for Main Beach businesses and would alleviate traffic on Sea World Drive.
“Light rail has brought new life and new investment along the entire first stage. Now, it’s Main Beach’s turn,” he said.
“The line is quite short so a single track with passing loops is possible. That means much less impact on the road network and a lower cost to build.
“With trams every 15 minutes, this spur line would be a shot in the arm for businesses in the area.”
The coast of the extension would be met by proponents looking at developments along the light rail route.
Cr Tate said depending on what option was selected, high-level estimates indicated a budget of about $200 million would be needed.
Under the plan some trams operating on the main line from Broadbeach South would divert to the Spit spur line.
Cr Tate said this could be done by increasing frequencies on the main line, not by diverting existing trams away from the Helensvale terminus.
The spur line was included in the light rail master plan that was released back in 2013 as part The Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031.
The Gold Coast community will soon be invited to have its say on the route options, which remain in the early stages of planning. Delivery of the project would be determined by more detailed planning.
Details on how to have your say on the plans will be announced soon.