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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 Sunday 16 to Thursday 20 July 2017 between 8.00pm and 5.00am night work will occur over five nights to place the final asphalt and install the electrical wiring across Napper Road.

  • Temporary road closure at Napper Road from Smith Street to Greenacre Drive between 8.00pm and 5.00am for up to three (3) nights. 
  • Removal of the existing asphalt and placing new asphalt.
  • Installation of signal sensors. These sensors are under the new road surface and detect vehicle presence at the intersection to trigger traffic lights.
  • Installation of electrical overhead wiring (for trams) crossing the Napper Road intersection. 
  • Intersection completion works (traffic signals, signage, line marking and concrete medians). 
  • More information is available here.

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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