Gold Coasters throw support behind Light Rail extension to Burleigh Heads

MORE than 75 per cent of Gold Coast residents are all-for extending the light rail to Burleigh Heads, an independent survey has revealed.

More than 3000 locals provided their personal feedback on the proposed route for Stage 3A of the Gold Coast Light Rail via an online survey and a number of community drop-in sessions across the Gold Coast last month.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the online survey was visited by more than 2000 people, with many residents providing positive feedback.


The local drop-in sessions also proved handy, with about 750 community members and business owners attending.

“At the drop-in sessions, 169 written responses were submitted, and feedback generally focused on localised issues and how the project may impact communities along the 6.7-kilometre alignment,” Mr Bailey said.

Stage 3A is the proposed extension of the Gold Coast’s light rail system from the Broadbeach South light rail station to Burleigh Heads.

It will see trams run in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway with planning for up to eight stations and a journey time of 16 to 17 minutes.

A Detailed Business Case for Stage 3A is currently being prepared in partnership with the City of Gold Coast and is due to be completed by the end of 2018.

Once complete, it will inform the government about the proposed route, station locations, procurement, financial and budget implications of the project.

If ticked off and approved, construction for Stage 3A would take approximately 3 years to build, meaning the extension would be operational by 2023.