Work on the Gold Coast’s three new train stations has stepped up a gear with officials giving us a sneak peek at the design of the station set to be built in Pimpama.
Early work on stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac are already underway with crews beginning geotechnical works, surveying and environmental studies.
Detailed design work on the three stations will be developed during 2021.
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The state government had previously announced the Pimpama station would be built alongside the Old Pacific Highway, just south of the shopping centre as part of the Cross River Rail project.
The first photo of what the Pimpama station will look like has been revealed today with the government announcing GHD and its architecture arm GHD Woodhead had been awarded the design contract for the Gold Coast stations.
“This is the very first important step towards building three new stations on the coast as part of my government’s $56 billion infrastructure guarantee,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Investing in these stations alongside our $1 billion M1 upgrade, $1.5 billion second M1 and $709 million light rail stage 3 is an important part of our economic recovery and will put the Gold Coast in the fast lane when it comes to transport and jobs through COVID-19.”
The design process alone is expected to create 20 full-time jobs on top of the 100 GHD workers who will part of the project.
“Most of the workforce is local, including graduate engineers and scientists and cadet technicians based in GHD’s Gold Coast and Brisbane offices,” Transport Minister Mark Bailey said.
The acquisition of land for the Pimpama station is almost complete with the government expected to take control of all required land by the middle of the year.
All three Gold Coast stations are expected to be operational in 2025.