John Holland has been announced as the preferred contractor for stage three of the Gold Coast Light Rail.
The $709 million contract will involve heavy construction of 6.7 kilometres of light rail down to Burleigh Heads.
Stage three of the project involves creating eight new stations linking Helensvale to Burleigh Heads, making the trip just 16 minutes for commuters.
The stations planned for creation in stage three include Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Beach South, Nobby Beach, Miami North, Miami, Christine Avenue, Second Avenue Burleigh and Burleigh.
The project will include a dual-track in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway and an upgrade of the Darren Smith Memorial cycle route from Mermaid Beach to Burleigh Heads.
Construction of stage three is expected to begin in 2021 and once complete will reduce travel times and peak-hour congestion for Gold Coast travellers.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said that so far, the light rail has been a huge success for the Gold Coast and that stage three will provide a job boost for the region.
“At a time when it’s been a really challenging year for a lot of people on the pandemic front and the economy, these jobs are going to be much needed,” Minister Bailey said.
The Gold Coast Light Rail is jointly funded by the federal, state and local governments with the Australian Government investing $269 million, the Queensland Government investing $348.5 million and Gold Coast City committing $91.5 million.
Stage four of the project is currently in the planning and proposal phase, which is said to include a rail line through to the airport.
Once complete, the Gold Coast Light Rail will provide 760 jobs for Gold Coasters over the next three years.
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