All aboard Gold Coasters! It’s all go for Light Rail Stage 2, with the project reaching an exciting new milestone overnight.
In an announcement on the Gold Coast this morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed that the first tram has successfully been tested on the new 7.3 kilometre light rail extension between Gold Coast University Hospital and Helensvale station.
“Testing has gotten underway successfully and Stage 2 is well on track to be ready in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“Last weekend, we saw the energisation process completed and we’ll now have a rigorous program of testing to ensure that the light rail system operates safely before commencing passenger services.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said that testing of the tram on the new track would continue over the following months.
“Trams are currently being tested on the new line at night, starting at low speeds. As the testing progresses, the trams work their way up to operational speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.”
GoldlinQ CEO Phil Mumford said drivers need to be aware tracks are for trams only and to obey the road rules at all times.
“During the tram testing phase, locals will hear trams on the Stage 2 tracks for the very first time,” Mr Mumford said.
“Although trams will be on the new Stage 2 tracks for the next few months, it’s important to remember the entire Stage 2 alignment will remain a construction zone until testing and commissioning is complete.”
Premier Palaszczuk says the new stage will provide both locals and tourists with great public transport opportunities.
“Gold Coast Light Rail has transformed public transport on the Gold Coast and Stage 2 is going to build on this fantastic legacy,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Once Stage 2 is complete locals and tourists alike will have a smooth, one-transfer journey between Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s most iconic destinations.
G:link is expected to start passenger services in early 2018.