Following successful operation during the Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast light rail network is set for a potential 7km extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads after an announcement of a business case to be completed looking into a proposed route.
Queensland minister for transport and main roads Mark Bailey told reporters that the government would match a contribution by the local council for the light rail line extension following an impressive showing at the recent Games.
“The Palaszczuk Government is leading the development of a jointly-funded business case in partnership with the City of Gold Coast, with each contributing $5 million towards its cost,” he said.
“It makes sense to plan now for this vital project, which will enhance the lifestyle and economic opportunities for the Gold Coast.”
Expected to be completed by early next year, the government reaffirmed its commitment in continuing the build the project in stages with future links expected to connect to the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.
“Light rail was designed to be delivered in stages to respond to the city’s growth and the first two stages of light rail have proven it to be a viable alternative to using the car.”
“We are in the early stages of reviewing the existing transport corridor south of Burleigh Heads to ensure it meets future requirements,” he said.
“This study will consider all transport modes – walking, cycling, driving and public transport, including the potential for a further extension of the light rail system.”
Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates said that work had already begun on the extension with surveyors already out and about mapping the preferred route and identifying underground utilities which may affect the project.
“There will be several surveying teams out on different parts of the corridor over the coming months,” Ms Gates said.
“The survey results would be used in the detailed business case to help decide engineering design, station locations and replacement, upgrading or relocation of underground services.”