A G:LINK tram travelled into the heart of Surfers Paradise for the first time ever on Monday morning.
Just after 11am, the yellow tram made its way along Surfers Paradise Boulevard before coming to a stop at the Cavill Avenue Station.
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Surfers Paradise Alliance celebrated the milestone by presenting the tram driver with a commemorative plaque.
“It’s the first visible sign that very soon people will be able to move in and out Surfers Paradise with ease, and it’s welcome news for traders who have had a tough time during the construction period, to see that it’s nearing completion,” she said.
“To witness the first G:link tram reach the heart of Surfers Paradise at Cavill Avenue Station is definitely a key part of Surfers Paradise history and that’s why we wanted to celebrate as the light rail plans come to life.”
To coincide with tram movements in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Queensland Police Service today launched an operation targeting unsafe and illegal road-user behavior.
Motorists are reminded to follow existing Queensland road rules, including only performing a U-Turn at signed intersections and only crossing the street at marked pedestrian intersections when there is a green light.
GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford said testing trams would, from today, be seen in the heart of Surfers Paradise and in coming weeks through Broadbeach.
Trams have been testing on the Gold Coast since September 2013 when the first tram arrived in the city from Germany.