Path Clear for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2

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The Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 Project is due to get started next month, as site investigations have been successfully completed.

blog.iseekplant.com.au/blog/cpb-contractors was awarded the $420 million contract for the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 with the deadline of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Documents for the project were finalised between the GoldLinQ consortium and the state government on the 28th of April, and CPB Contractors have been working on the approvals process ever since.

Queensland Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe recently explained that the project will link the states train network to the gold Coast Light Rail, which would improve connectivity around the region between busses, heavy rail and light rail. It will also join five of the competition venues of the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Hincliffe called stage 2 of the project “critical” for the Commonwealth Games and said that the government was determined to see it built. Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 will give a boost to the construction industry and is expected to support up to 1000 new jobs.

[cwa id='content-ad'] The coming months will see the relocation of underground services and earthworks will also be underway, along with the construction of bridges for the 7.3km extension. Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 also includes new light rail stations at Helensvale, Parkwood, and Parkwood East and 14,000 extra park-n-ride carparks at Parkwood and Helensvale stations

Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2017, with testing due to be carried out later in the year. Funding for the project includes $55 million from the City of Gold Coast Council, $95 million from the Australian Government and $270 million from the state government.

The extension will allow 1.5 million spectators,16,000 volunteers and workers and 6500 team officials and athletes to get to and from the Commonwealth Games, and it’s also expected to deliver significant economic benefits for the region.

Sources: Construction Industry News, Brisbane Times, Gold Coast Bulletin, Railway-Technology, Global Rail News.

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