GC Light Rail progress

Expressions of interest are now sought for stage two of the Gold Coast Light Rail project

Stage two of the Gold Coast Light Rail project is a step closer, with expressions of interest now sought.

The next stage will extend the light rail line from Gold Coast University Hospital to connect with Helensvale Bus Interchange and railway station.

The Queensland Government has prepared a new business case in the hope the Federal Government will also contribute.

Stage one constructor GoldLinQ has expressed interest in also completing stage two by 2018 when Gold Coast hosts the Commonwealth Games and has a large influx of visitors.

A specific route for stage two has now been settled on and chosen because it is almost twice as fast, more direct and easier to construct that the alternative.

State one of the Gold Coast Light Rail was completed last year and opened to the public on July 20, 2014.

The roll out of new bus routes coincided with the unveiling of the G:link last year, to improve connections between all modes of public transport on the Gold Coast.

The first stage of the light rail project has been deemed a success with more than more than one million kilometres travelled, about 18,200 journeys completed each day and 6.5 million passenger trips made in its first year alone.

The closing date for expressions of interest for stage two is Friday, August 28.

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