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Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2


The Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 is the proposed second stage of a world class public transport system for residents and visitors to the Gold Coast.


Gold Coast

South Coast Region

Project info

On 6 August 2015, the Queensland Government announced it was progressing with plans for the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 2).

Stage 2 will connect the existing light rail system at Southport to heavy rail at the Helensvale station.

The 7.3km route runs from Helensvale heavy rail station adjacent to the Gold Coast Line, then adjacent to the Smith Street Motorway to connect with Stage 1 at the Gold Coast University Hospital light rail station.

The preferred alignment provides a cost-effective solution by efficiently using existing road and rail corridors, therefore reducing impacts on the community and the environment.

The reference design includes 3 new stations at Helensvale, Parkwood and Parkwood East. It also includes a new 1000 car space park ‘n’ ride facility at Parkwood station and a 400 space expansion of the existing park ‘n’ ride facility at Helensvale station.

While this announcement is an important step for Stage 2, more detailed design work is needed before the exact alignment of the light rail is confirmed.

The Queensland Government has requested GoldLinQ, the operators of the light rail system, commence a procurement process for Stage 2 to select a successful contractor to design and construct Stage 2.

In October 2015, GoldLinQ shortlisted 3 proponents and a Request for Tender phase is now underway. For more information about GoldLinQ or the procurement process visit

Construction is expected to commence in April 2016 to ensure the light rail extension is delivered and operational prior to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The City of Gold Coast has committed $55.1 million in funding while the Commonwealth Government has committed $95 million towards Stage 2.

View the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 map.

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 – fly-through: February 2016

Watch a flyover video of the proposed route for the Gold Coast Light Rail extension from Gold Coast University Hospital station to Helensvale train station.


Transport and Main Roads has prepared a Reference Design for the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail.

The maps show the proposed alignment and station locations. These maps are for the purposes of community consultation only.

The final project design is expected to be released in mid-2016, following a competitive tender process.

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Contact details

Phone: 1800 425 799

Community info

The Department of Transport and Main Roads and GoldLinQ held 2 community information sessions to give residents the opportunity to access information about the project and make general enquiries.

Representatives from both the Transport and Main Roads project team and GoldLinQ, including technical experts, attended the sessions to provide factual responses to questions from members of the community.

Session 1: Thursday 12 November 2015, 6.30-8.30pm
Session 2: Saturday 14 November 2015, 12-2pm

Location: Arundel State School hall, 185 Napper Road, Arundel (parking is available on site).

Future community information sessions will be held in early 2016.

Key milestones

Stage 2 key milestoneDate*
EOI released to market August 2015
Request for Tenders (12 weeks) October to December 2015
Design and Construct contract award March 2016
Financial Close April 2016
Construction commences April 2016
Stage 2 fully operational February 2018
Commonwealth Games April 2018
* Dates may change post completion of the competitive tender process.

Latest news

Last updated
13 April 2016