Majority backing for Gold Coast trams to travel to the airport

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has indicated that a majority of councillors support Stage Three of the Light Rail Project connecting with the Airport.

Several options being considered will take commuters to the Airport at Coolangatta.

In all, City of Gold Coast is considering six different routes, starting from Pacific Fair.


Mayor Tate said “we all want it to end at the Gold Coast Airport”.

One route would take travellers to the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta via Burleigh Heads, another would detour past Bond University.

He said people will be asked “do you want to go straight down the coast or do you want to go down and turn just after Markeri and collect Bond Uni and then go to CBus Stadium”.

Another idea on the table would take the track possibly to Varsity Lakes Train Station.

Mayor Tom Tate wants details finalised before he has to apply for State and Federal funds.  He estimates Stage Three could end up costing double that of Stage Two because it goes a lot further.

Stage Two will take tram travellers from Southport to Helensvale Train Station, with work to begin early next year and hopefully be completed in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He said the plan will soon open for public comment.  Click here to get involved.

More details will be announced on Monday.