With construction planned to start in April 2016, the Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games has assured Gold Coast locals Stage 2 of the Light Rail project will be worth it.
The paperwork process for the rail extension moves into its final stage with GoldLinQ taking delivery of Request for Tender documentation from the three short-listed bidders.
Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the bids would now be evaluated to select the preferred bidder to deliver the 7.3 kilometre light rail alignment.
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The new line will run from the Helensvale heavy rail station and bus interchange to the light rail station at the University Hospital.
Mr Hinchcliffe acknowledges the impact construction will have on locals but insists it will pay off.
He said it’s important to note that Stage 2 won’t be as lengthy as Stage 1, with work to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018.
“There’s always a little bit of pain but it’s absolutely worth it in the end particularly for those people who are close to the project”, Mr Hinchliffe says.
“It delivers amazing benefit to them in terms of access to their properties and their communities to this high level, very attractive public transport option, one that the Gold Coast is becoming famous for in its own right”.
Mr Hinchliffe added his government was fortunate to be choosing from among the industry’s best to construct the project with three consortia invited to tender including, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd, and GamesLinQ.
The final cost of Stage 2 will not be known until GoldLinQ has completed the competitive tender process.
The formal tender phase closed at 4pm on Wednesday, 23 December.
Stage 3 is yet to be locked in, with City of Gold Coast opening up various options for public comment.