Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe, joined the Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, to officially give the green light for work to commence on one of Australia's biggest construction projects.
Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail project will see a 7.3 kilometre light rail link between Parkwood and Helensvale. The extended station will enable it to become one of the most advanced public transport interchanges in Australia. Helensvale is also the first station to integrate all modes of passenger transport connecting heavy rail, light rail, buses and taxis within the same station footprint.
- The extension will provide a world-class integrated public transport solution for residents and visitors.
- The 7.3 kilometre rail connection will link the Gold Coast and Brisbane like never before.
- The project will support up to 1000 new jobs during construction and operation.
“Construction work will now accelerate in the race towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and will support up to 1000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and operation,” said Mr Hinchliffe. The bulk of earthworks and excavation are well underway in preparation for the track installation, which is on schedule to ensure the project will be delivered on time for the games. The project will provide an immediate boost to the construction industry and long-term benefits to tourism and other Gold Coast industries.
Four new trams which are to be built in Germany will also be needed to service stage 2 and are due to be delivered to Australia in 2018. The light rail connection and duplication of the heavy rail line is also expected to unlock further economic potential for the region. The $420 million project will provide an immediate boost to the construction industry and increase long-term benefits to tourism in the Gold Coast. Farmland and existing sites are expected to be redeveloped into private housing, which is great news for construction workers seeking new opportunities in the state.
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