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GCLR Stage 2 – Linking light rail to Helensvale

Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail is a 7.3 kilometre light rail link between Parkwood and Helensvale.

In August 2015 the Queensland Government announced a preferred route for Stage 2 running 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.

GoldLinQ conducted a procurement process for Stage 2 and in March 2016 CPB Contractors was announced as the preferred design and construction partner with contracts finalised in April ahead of major construction, which commenced in July.

The $420 million project will be delivered with a $270 million contribution from the Queensland Government, $95 million from the Australian Government and up to $55 million from the City of Gold Coast.


From midnight Friday 1 September until 5.00am Monday 4 September, work will be undertaken to connect Stage 1 with Stage 2 of the light rail, which will require a temporary shutdown of the light rail system between the Gold Coast University Hospital and Queen Street stations.

A replacement bus service will operate.

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From mid-August for approximately 5 weeks, temporary eastbound lane closures, speed reductions and night works will continue to enable the completion and connection of the road surface along the Smith Street Motorway to the newly constructed concrete roadside barriers.


Works to complete the installation of overhead wires across the Olsen Avenue, Wintergreen Drive and Parkland Drive intersection will continue during August 2017.

  • Intermittent lane closures Sunday to Friday will occur from 8.00pm, reopened by 5.00am each morning.
  • Police may be required to hold traffic for short periods of time (up to ten minutes) to allow for specialised equipment to cross the intersection.
  • Traffic control will be in place to direct motorists.
  • Vehicle access to the Gold Coast University Hospital will be maintained via Hollows Way and Parklands Drive intersections.
  • Vehicle access to businesses along Olsen Avenue will be maintained.

Stage 2 is:


A 7.3 kilometre connection from heavy rail to light rail.

An 11 minute trip from Helensvale station to Gold Coast University Hospital station.

Convenient for commuters with two park ‘n’ ride facilities, providing an additional 400 parks at Helensvale station and 1000 parks at Parkwood station.

Linking the Gold Coast and Brisbane by rail like never before.

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