THE first stage of the $14 million upgrade to the major bus terminal at Helensvale is now complete, with the transport hub set to become a key interchange for visitors and locals during the Games.
The revamp has seen more than 200m of new sheltered walkways installed at the station, along with improved pedestrian safety, signage, better bus driver facilities and upgraded park ‘n’ ride spaces.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said Helensvale was now a state of the art transport hub, with light rail, heavy rail and buses all integrated.
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“It will make it so much easier to transport spectators to competition venues including the Hockey and Aquatic Centres via Games shuttle buses,” she said.
“You can also transfer seamlessly to light rail to access games venues at Labrador, Southport and Broadbeach.
“Public transport has never been better on the Gold Coast due to Palaszczuk Government infrastructure investments.
“This upgrade is not just a significant investment in public transport infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games, but is a long term legacy for Gold Coast residents.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Helensvale was a major hub for the Northern Gold Coast region, serviced by 11 urban bus routes.
“More than 3000 passengers catch a bus to and from Helensvale station every day, including on the popular TX7 theme park service and high frequency route 704 to Main Beach and Sea World,” he said.
“Helensvale is the key transfer point for passengers travelling between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and making the connection between rail, tram and bus seamless was a priority.”
Stage 2 upgrades starting after the Commonwealth Games include:
- Upgrade of taxi rank and kiss ‘n’ ride facilities, including sheltered waiting areas.
- Improvements to short-term parking, lighting and CCTV facilities.
- Space for 50 additional bicycles including sheltered parking racks.
- Completion of landscaping and fencing.