Community information sessions for Light Rail Stage 2

Community information sessions for Light Rail Stage 2

By Jacqueline Latimer on Jul 12 2016

Gold Coast residents are invited to attend a second series of community information sessions to learn more about the $420 million Light Rail project with stage 2 underway.

Acting Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Cameron Dick said the extension will transform the Gold Coast.

Mr Dick said local businesses and contractors were set to play a key role in the building of the extension to connect the Gold Coast Light Rail with the heavy rail at Helensvale station and more than 120 local suppliers had already registered an interest in the project.

“The extension will be built in time for the Commonwealth Games with construction and testing occurring over the coming 18 months to ensure there will be trams carrying passengers to and from Helensvale come Games time," Mr Dick said.

“GoldLinQ and the contractor CPB Contractors have committed to recruiting 75 per cent of contractors and 85 per cent of labour and plant operators from the Gold Coast region which is a great boost for the local economy.

Contractors have now started clearing and construction of the Light Rail along the 7.3 kilometre second stage alignment has commenced.

“Construction of Stage 2 will provide a significant boost to local industry and importantly will deliver jobs for workers on the Gold Coast and support local business."

Two community sessions have been planned, to give those who attend an opportunity to speak with members of the project team and have their questions answered and be provided with feedback.

Mr Dick said it was estimated that stage 2 will contribute to the Queensland and local economy by providing up 1,000 direct and indirect jobs and well as long-term tourism benefits.

Initial Stage 2 construction activities will include the establishment of construction site areas, identification and relocation of underground services, clearing of vegetation within the project boundary and placement of temporary fencing and environmental controls.

As part of the project, two bridges will be built along with three additional light rail stations and two new park ‘n’ ride facilities offering a total of 1400 commuter car spaces at Helensvale and Parkwood.

The information sessions will be held at Arundel State School (185 Napper Rd Arundel) at the following times:
6 - 8pm on Thursday, 7 July or 12pm - 2pm on Saturday, 9 July

In addition to the upcoming sessions, the community can stay up-to-date with construction by signing up for project updates at Local businesses and contractors can also register their details through the project website