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Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2


The Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 is the 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.

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

Expressions of interest opened in August 2015 with the request for tender period with 3 shortlisted contractors occurring from October to December 2015.

CPB Contractors was announced as GoldLinQ's preferred contractor in March 2016 with contract close occurring in April. Construction commenced in July 2016 with the project due for completion in early 2018 ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Passenger services commenced on 18 December 2017 well ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.


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

If you have lost property, operational or security enquiries in relation to light rail services on the Gold Coast please contact G:link on 1800 064 928 or visit

If you have any questions about ticketing, fares or to plan your journey please visit or call 13 12 30 anytime.

Key milestones

Stage 2 key milestone Date*
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 July 2016
Stage 2 fully operational December 2017
Commonwealth Games April 2018
* Dates may change.

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Last updated
08 November 2019