The Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, believes his “pie in the sky” plan for the light rail stage four will go ahead.
The Mayor announced his plan on Monday to bid for funding from the State and Federal Government, to help create a light rail network which would connect trams to the Gold Coast’s major sports stadiums.
The plan and funding package for light rail stage four would come in stages and is part of the Council’s 2031 Transport Strategy.
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“We need to think well ahead, and we’ve started consultations looking into linking the light rail from east to west,” he said.
“There would be two routes, one going past Bond University connecting to Cbus Super stadium and the second route from Bundall to Nerang station.”
The route through Nerang would go via Metricon Stadium and provide Gold Coasters with an alternative method of getting to games.
The Mayor’s confident they’ll be able to secure funding for stage four from the State and Federal Government using their tried and tested method.
Tom Tate believes Council will be able to secure funds in parts, which will help lower the costs for rate payers.
“We’re all pie in the sky type people, that’s how stage one started, now we’ve almost completed stage two,” he said.
“It’s part of our 2031 Transport Strategy, my wish is to have all of the light rail complete to Coolangatta and the Gold Coast airport in 10 years.”
Community consultation for stage three of the light rail, which will connect Broadbeach to Burleigh, is currently under way.