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GCLR Stage 2 – Linking light rail to Helensvale

The Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension between the Gold Coast University Hospital and Helensvale stations opened for passenger services on Monday 18 December 2017. If you have any questions about ticketing, fares or to plan your journey visit or call 131230 anytime.

In August 2015, the Queensland Government announced the preferred route for the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 project which involved the design and construction of a new 7.3km route which 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.

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 2016.

The $420 million project was 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.


Now that stage 2 of the light rail system is open and completion works conclude, the project team has now moved to monthly stage 2 construction updates via email.

To register for email updates please fill out the form on the contact page.

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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