This week, the Queensland Government has revealed design details for the new Pimpama train station, one of the three Cross River Rail stations.
GHD Woodhead was awarded the design contract for the Pimpama, Merrimac and Helensvale North stations.
Twenty full-time jobs will be created through the transformational project's detailed design process.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk commented on the importance of the project.
"This is the very first important step towards building three new stations on the coast as part of my government's $56 billion infrastructure guarantee," Palaszczuk said.
"Investing in these stations alongside our $1 billion M1 upgrade, $1.5 billion second M1 and $709 million light rail stage 3 is an important part of our economic recovery and will put the Gold Coast in the fast lane when it comes to transport and jobs through COVID-19."
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey stated that as many as 100 GHD works would be involved during the design stage.
"Most of the workforce is local, including graduate engineers and scientists and cadet technicians based in GHD's Gold Coast and Brisbane offices," he said.
"GHD will refine the existing concept designs for each station, producing detailed designs, documentation and approvals ready for construction.
"As part of the detailed design phase, additional studies will be undertaken, including construction methodology, noise modelling, flood modelling and flora and fauna studies."
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon stated that this project was an important design step to ensure the stations are ready by 2025 when the Cross River Rail begins operation.
"The first concept images are exciting for our community and show the opportunities that the Palaszczuk Government is creating by investing in public transport on the coast," Scanlon said.
"Getting started now means that within a few years, Gold Coasters in our booming northern suburbs will be able to catch a train to the rest of the Gold Coast, to Brisbane and connect with our light rail."
GHD General Manager for South Queensland Operations, Richard Evans, commented that his company was delighted to work on the three stations' detailed designs. They'd already delivered the station concept designs and business cases.
"These three new stations will play a vital role in the continued growth of the Gold Coast and Queensland communities," he said.
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