Green light for light rail


New bus services in the Gold Coast will commence when the light rail system starts operating

A new bus timetable in the Gold Coast will take effect in a few weeks when light rail services begin.

Passengers on the Gold Coast will be able to use Queensland’s first light rail system from July 20.

The new bus timetable will commence on July 21 and will include additional high frequency bus routes to improve connections between trains, buses and trams.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the eagerly awaited date follows confirmation that all parties are satisfied light rail is ready to go.

"The wait is finally over, and after three years of design and construction works the Gold Coast will have a world-class public transport option," says Emerson.

"As a government we have a strong plan to get more people on to public transport and light rail provides an easy-to-use, frequent service ensuring a bright future for anyone travelling in and around the Gold Coast."

Following the day of free travel on Sunday, paid passenger tram services and the new bus timetable will commence on July 21 that will include additional high frequency bus routes and improved connections between trains, buses and trams.

Trams will run every seven-and-a-half minutes, to Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

Emerson says for the past few months Gold Coasters have seen the light rail system testing underway that included running trams to a rigorous timetable.

"Final testing and training will continue over the next two weeks," he says.

"I want to thank businesses and residents for their ongoing patience during the construction phase."

The $1.2 billion project consists of 14 trams, 16 stations servicing a 13-kilometre route and is jointly funded by State and Federal Governments and the City of Gold Coast.

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