Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3

We are delivering the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 which is the third stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail, a world class public transport system for residents and visitors to the Gold Coast.

Stage 3 will deliver a 6.7km extension south of the existing tram network, linking Helensvale to Burleigh Heads and providing eight additional stations.

Benefits

  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion

Key features

The Gold Coast Light Rail system is designed to be delivered in stages to respond to population growth.

The project will connect communities with business and jobs, hospitals and medical facilities, education, shopping, dining, entertainment and sporting centres. 

Through this critical infrastructure we will support the Gold Coast and its continued growth over the next 2 decades.

Key features of Stage 3: 

  • 6.7 km extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads 
  • Dual track in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway 
  • 8 stations 
  • Retain 2 traffic lanes either side of light rail tracks 
  • 5 additional trams 
  • A journey time of around 16 to 17 minutes from Broadbeach South station to Burleigh Heads.

Funding

The Australian Government, Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast will fund the project. 

Total investment
$709 million
Australian Government
$269 million
Queensland Government
$348.5 million
Local Government
$91.5 million

Current status

The Queensland Government has appointed G:link operator, GoldlinQ, to conduct a competitive tender process to deliver the Stage 3 extension. 

GoldlinQ has completed an Expression of Interest process and shortlisted proponents progressed to a Request for Tender phase that started in early February 2020.

Following a competitive tender process, a contract for the design and construction (D&C) of Stage 3 is expected to be awarded in late 2020.  

The successful D&C contractor will construct the infrastructure required with an expectation to engage local workers and industry to work on the project.  

Major construction is expected to start in 2021. 

Interested construction sub-contractors should visit gclr3.com.au

Getting ready for construction

Before the light rail is built, some utility services located above and under the road, such as power, gas, water and telecommunications, need to be moved to allow for construction Stage 3 key milestones locations to allow for repairs and upgrades when trams are running to Burleigh Heads.

We are working to prepare the Stage 3 light rail corridor before a design and construction contractor is appointed later this year. The Stage 3 project team has been taking soil samples and inspecting underground services using ground-penetrating radar and digital 3D technology. Detailed mapping of the underground landscape captures information so essential services are not damaged during construction.

We are also progressing pre-construction work at both ends of the corridor. On the northern end, just south of Broadbeach South station, a site has been prepared in readiness for the successful contractor to set up a site compound.

On the southernmost end, pre-construction activities at a former service station on the Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads are underway. These works include demolition of buildings, removal of underground tanks and site remediation. This Burleigh Heads site will be used to widen the Gold Coast Highway, making way for the terminus of Stage 3 and a connection between the light rail and the bus network.

In the coming months, more work may be undertaken along the light rail corridor to prepare for major construction works.

What to expect during construction

Major construction works for the extension to Burleigh Heads will commence in 2021 and include:

  • temporary and permanent traffic changes, including lane closures and upgrades, to the Gold Coast Highway
  • major intersection upgrades and the addition of permanent
  • new pedestrian crossing points and U-turn facilities
  • footpaths and other urban landscape upgrades around stations and key precincts, such as Nobby Beach and Burleigh Heads
  • relocation of major underground services
  • removal of on-street parking on the Gold Coast Highway and some side-streets to facilitate construction and traffic movements. Where width permits in the final design, parking will be reinstated post-construction
  • high intensity works along the 6.7 km corridor including construction of the light rail system primarily in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway
  • night and weekend work as required to ensure traffic and other essential services are not disrupted at peak times.

When appointed later this year, the construction contractor will:

  • engage with the local community
  • provide information to assist businesses to continue operating during construction
  • notify the local community in advance of works commencing
  • minimise disruption as much as possible.

Works will be programmed to minimise impacts, where possible. 

When construction is complete, 2 lanes of traffic will be maintained on the Gold Coast Highway in each direction.

Keeping you informed

This year has been a unique and challenging time for our local community and businesses. We are committed to keeping residents and businesses informed about the project as it moves closer to construction.

Businesses along the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 corridor are asked to participate in a questionnaire to help the project team understand how they operate and identify ways to manage and minimise changes during construction.

Are you a business on or near the Gold Coast Highway between Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads?

Help us get you ready for construction by completing the GCLR3 Business Operations Questionnaire now.

Community engagement

The project team undertook community engagement in August 2018. 

Feedback received noted:

  • nearly 7 in 10 want more public transport services preferring light rail over bus
  • 86% support Stage 3 and want the extension to the Gold Coast Airport as soon as possible
  • 72% of Stage 3 corridor residents support future light rail extensions
  • 80% of Stage 3 corridor businesses support future light rail extensions and want it as soon as possible. 

In the past few years, local media polls have also shown similar results. 

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 combined reference design – September 2020

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 combined reference design – September 2020

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 reference design map 1 – August 2018

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 General Arrangement map 1

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 reference design map 2 – August 2018

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 General Arrangement map 2

Project newsletters

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3

The Gold Coast Light Rail system has 19 stations from Helensvale to Broadbeach serviced by 18 G:link trams.

Light Rail is transforming the Gold Coast by providing a world class public transport service that is safe, comfortable, reliable and positioning the city for sustainable growth.

At completion of Stage 3, the operating system from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads will be 27 kilometres in length with 27 stations serviced by 23 trams.

Video Transcript

The Gold Coast Light Rail system has 19 stations from Helensvale to Broadbeach serviced by 18 G:link trams.

The Light Rail project is transforming the Gold Coast by providing a world class public transport service that is safe, comfortable, reliable and positioning the city for sustainable growth.

The light rail system has been designed to be delivered in a number of stages to respond to the growth of the Gold Coast.

In April during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games trams ‘did the heavy lifting’ transporting 1.1 million people over the 11 days of competition.

The Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast are partnering again to refine the reference design for Stage 3A from Broadbeach South station to Burleigh Heads. The proposed third extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail system. It will have dual rail track running in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway for approximately 6.7 kilometres from Broadbeach South station to Burleigh Heads.

The reference design proposes planning for up to 8 new stations and 5 new trams, with a travel time of around 16 to 17 minutes.

The Detailed Business Case will be completed by the end of 2018 to enable government to understand and consider community and environmental impacts, operating logistics as well as the cost and benefits of the project.

A decision on future Queensland Government funding for the delivery of Stage 3A is dependent on funding from the Australian Government and City of Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 detailed fly-through