Construction of the 7.3km (4.5-mile) second stage of the G:link light rail system in Gold Coast, Australia, is now 90% complete. All three station structures are in place and overhead line installation is underway, while a new 1000-capacity park-and-ride at Parkwood station is under construction and 400 new parking spaces will be created at Helensvale station. The first dynamic testing is due to begin in the coming months ahead of the extension’s opening in early 2018.
The AUD420m (EUR281m) second phase has been fast-tracked ahead of the city hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It is being delivered by GoldlinQ consortium with a AUD270m contribution from the Queensland Government, AUD95m from the national Government and up to AUD55m from the city. The new line will connect to Queensland’s rail network at Helensvale, providing a single-transfer journey to the state capital, Brisbane.
G:link currently consists of a single 13km (8.1-mile) line with 16 stops that opened in July 2014, running between Gold Coast University Hospital and Broadbeach South. The system marked its third birthday in July with figures that show record growth for the third consecutive year (a 27% increase since 2014-15), now carrying 665 000 passengers each month.
Four additional 43.4m seven-section Bombardier Flexity 2 low-floor trams are being added to the fleet of 14, with the AUD25m (EUR16.7m) option to the original contract confirmed in late November 2015.
The state has confirmed it will meet half of the AUD10m (EUR6.7m) costs for preparing a business case for the third phase of the system, a 7km (four-mile) southern extension from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads.