GCLR is the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast and has been designed to be delivered in stages in response to the city's forecast population growth.
Following on from successful delivery and operation of Stages 1 and 2, the third stage of the project involves a southern extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads using the existing road transport corridor.
Stage 3 includes 6.7 km of new dual-track light rail running from Broadbeach South Station to Burleigh Heads, eight new light rail stations and additional light rail vehicles (LRVs). It will also include an upgrade and expansion of the existing depot and stabling facilities, a new light rail-bus connections at Burleigh Heads and Miami and supporting works and improvements, including signalised traffic intersections and upgrades, new signalised pedestrian crossings and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities.
Light rail has proven incredibly successful on the Gold Coast with more than 50 million paid passenger trips to date and passenger numbers increasing 33% when the Stage 2 extension opened.
Light rail has delivered a wealth of benefits to the Gold Coast during construction and operations. In addition to providing a safe, convenient and reliable transport option the system has also provided direct economic benefit to the city. GoldlinQ has a commitment to high levels of local participation and Stage 3 will once again deliver local jobs for local workers and opportunities for local contractors.
Stage 1 – During early works and construction more than $700 million was spent with local businesses for labour and materials. An average of 740 workers were on site daily with 90 percent of these workers living in the Gold Coast and South East Queensland.
Stage 2 - During construction 2300 people were inducted with 88 percent of workers from the Gold Coast and South East Queensland. More than $200 million was spent with local Gold Coast and South East Queensland businesses with 91% of contracts awarded to Queensland businesses.
As Stage 3 planning and procurement progresses updates will be provided to the local community. Details on opportunities to be involved in the Stage 3 project will also be available. To register for supplier updates click here