Stage three of the Gold Coast Light Rail has taken its next important steps, with the $709 million construction contract now awarded.
John Holland will carry out the heavy construction of the project, which is expected to get underway by the end of this year.
It’ll provide around 760 jobs for Gold Coasters over the next three years, providing 6.6 kilometres of light rail down to Burleigh Heads.
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It adds eight more stations to the line.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey told myGC the light rail has been a huge success for the Gold Coast, and will provided a much needed boost during our economic recovery from coronavirus.
“Early works are well advanced, people would have seen the service station down at Burleigh and people doing a lot of utility work and that sort of thing.
“But the heavy construction work should be started by the end of this year,” Minister Bailey said.
“At a time when it’s been a really challenging year for a lot of people on the pandemic front and the economy, these jobs are going to be much needed.
“And it’s very exciting to see the third stage of the light rail. This is the second stage that’s been landed by the Palaszczuk Labor government, with support from the Gold Coast City Council and from Canberra as well.
Minister Bailey says planning is already well underway for stage four through to the airport and the border, but is still a few years away.
“The build for this one will be three years, 2023 will be the opening, and we’re already doing the preparation now for the next stage after that.
“The business case is 50/50 funded by the council and the Palaszczuk Labor government.
“That business case is the next section to the airport and Coolangatta, and there’ll be a lot of community consultation as part of that to get it right.
“But I think that everyone accepts that it makes sense to extend the light rail down to the airport and also down to Coolangatta and the border,” Minister Bailey said.