REVEALED | Two new rail station locations for the Gold Coast

The State Government has announced the final two locations of three brand new train stations for the Gold Coast as part of the Cross River Rail.

One will be situated in Helensvale North, next to Mangrove Jack Park just off Hope Island Road.

The other will be in Merrimac, off Gooding Drive, approximately 750 metres east of the Pacific Motorway and Gooding Drive interchange.


The two new stations add to the already announced station at Pimpama, meaning a total of three stations will be delivered for the Gold Coast by 2024, when the Cross River Rail is due to be delivered.

The three Gold Coast stations are expected to cost the state government $120 million, as part of of $5.4 billion investment in rail right across south east.

Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones says the project, once completed, will take a lot of pressure off the Brisbane commute for Gold Coasters.

“We expect that by having better quality connected rail, that we can reduce people using our road network.

“Helensvale North we expect around 2,800 people to use that daily, similarly at Merrimac more than 2,000.

“This is a significant investment in improving the rail network between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and we do expect that that will deliver more people choosing to use the rail as oppose to road traffic,” Ms Jones said.

It’s expected more than 120 jobs will be created during the construction of the stations.

Locals are being encouraged to have their say on the three station concepts, with a number of community drop-in sessions taking place at the following locations:

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Surely the new Merrimac station will be EAST of the Pacific Motorway, or are they making a branch line?

Can we please differentiate Helensvale North by possibly considering calling it Hope Island which is more geographically apt being on the border of Hope Island State Suburb gazetted area and also on Hope Island Road. It will greatly help differentiating the current Helensvale Station on maps vs Hope Island Station. Since numerous tourists arrive at BNE international and change over at Helensvale to the GC tram, it may be confusing to all these tourists with hHlensvale north. Besides Hope Island Station will be easily distinguishable to the locals alike.

I believe additional stations make a lot more sense than a “Coomera Connector”. I hope they pump the cash into these instead.