Second train line construction passes half-way mark

The stretch of railway line between Coomera and Helensvale is the sole bottleneck on the journey between the Gold Coast and Brisbane – the one point where there is only one track instead of two.

But that is set to change by the end of this year, with construction on the $163 million second track just over 50 per cent complete.

“This is the last bit of single track down here at the Gold Coast,” Queensland’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad told myGC, “and what we’re doing is duplicating it so we can run more trains and carry more passengers into Brisbane and back down to the Gold Coast.”


The Deputy Premier joined Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate today to inspect works on the project. She said: “The Coomera to Helensvale rail duplication will not only support the Gold Coast region to host the [Commonwealth Games], but will also cater for the region’s growing number of residents and visitors into the future.”

Ms Trad said work on the bridge over the Coomera River, Hope Island Road and Saltwater Creek represented the busiest and most complex phase of the duplication project.

“This bridge over the Coomera River will be longest spanning 860 metres and is a major engineering task,” Ms Trad said.

“The complex task of building the bridge across the 220-metre wide section of Coomera River has commenced, with marine piling works expected to continue until the end of this month.

“When this project is complete seven piers will be constructed in the river.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he was pleased with the progress of the work to date.

“I’m impressed with the pace Minister Trad has set since taking over the transport portfolio,” Mr Tate said.

“Duplication of the heavy rail line makes absolute sense and I know has been underway for some time.

“Efficiency and frequency of service is paramount with all forms of public transport and this will go a long way towards ensuring more services for the Gold Coast direct in to Brisbane.’’