All aboard! Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two is ready to roll with passenger services kicking off this Sunday, just in time for the influx of Christmas holidaymakers.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads made the exciting announcement on Wednesday.
“Get ready! We’re opening the 2nd stage of Gold Coast light rail this Sunday,” they tweeted.
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To celebrate, locals and visitors will be treated to FREE travel on the tram from 5am Sunday as well as a family fun day.
“GCLR has connected our city like never before and it’s incredibly exciting to have the second stage ready to go,” Newly-elected Assistant Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said.
“I want to invite Gold Coasters and visitors alike to come down on Sunday, ride the G for free and enjoy a great day out.
“There will be face-painting, food stalls and goodie bags and the opportunity to be one of the first people ever to ride our new trams.”
Minister for Transport Mark Bailey said that from Sunday commuters would be able to travel from Helensvale right through to Broadbeach.
“This is a new chapter for Queensland – seamlessly linking our two biggest cities for the first time,” Mr Bailey said.
“Stage Two will mean an easy, one-transfer journey between Brisbane and the Gold Coast through Helensvale station.”
Testing on the new 7.3 kilometre light rail extension has been ongoing since September. G:link was initially expected to start passenger services in late December / early 2018, however is well ahead of schedule.
Free launch activities will run from 6.00am until 2.00pm on Sunday 17 December at:
• Helensvale station (official opening event)
• Parkwood station
• Parkwood East station
• Gold Coast University Hospital station (GCUH)