Tram travellers evacuated after powerlines come down in Surfers

CREWS are continuing work to restore powerlines which fell onto a tram in Surfers Paradise.

Passengers have told how they saw sparks fly as the wires landed on the light rail track and became stuck on the tram just north of the Florida Gardens station.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene just after 7.45am and cut power before setting up a safety zone and evacuating about 30 passengers.


It caused major disruption to the network and some services are still cancelled.

G:link services remain suspended in both directions between Cavill Avenue and Broadbeach South with buses transporting customers between the stops.

Tram services are still running between GCUH and Cavill Avenue stations.

EARLIER: BROKEN powerlines have landed on a tram on the Gold Coast this morning.

It is believed the wires came down on a moving tram at the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Monaco Street in Surfers Paradise just after 7.45am.

Around 30 passengers have been evacuated from the tram after Energex isolated the power.

Police have set up a safety zone and are currently directing traffic.  Right now there are major delays on the Gold Coast Highway around the incident.

Light rail services remain suspended between Southport and Broadbeach South Stations with delays of up to an hour expected.

Buses are also affected.  Translink advised that they will not stop at Old Burleigh Rd at Wharf Rd & Old Burleigh Rd at Fern Street in Surfers Paradise until further notice.

Northbound travellers need to head to Surf Parade at Surf Ave and Remembrance Drive near Surfers Paradise Boulevard instead.