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Project Update - December 2015


Thank you for registering for email updates about Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail. Stage 2 will connect the existing light rail system to heavy rail at Helensvale station—linking tram to train. The 7.3 kilometre route runs from Helensvale station adjacent to the Gold Coast Rail Line, then adjacent to the Smith Street Motorway to connect with Stage 1 at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

More than 250 local residents took the opportunity to meet GoldLinQ and Department of Transport and Main Roads project team members and discuss Stage 2 at community information sessions held in mid-November, while many others dropped in at a series of a public displays throughout December.

If you missed this opportunity you can visit the Stage 2 website for more information and to view the project reference design maps. More public displays are scheduled in January-February 2016. The times and locations of public displays will be published on the home page of the Stage 2 website. 
Request For Tender

GoldLinQ is undertaking a competitive 12-week Request for Tender (RFT) process to determine the preferred design and construction contractor for Stage 2, from a shortlist of three proponents:  
A Joint Venture comprising Downer EDI Works and BMD Constructions (GamesLinQ);
John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd; and
Leighton Contractors Pty Limited.
The RFT period closes at 4pm Wednesday 23 December 2015 and will be followed by an intensive evaluation process to ensure a well-informed decision is made on the preferred bidder to design and construct Stage 2. A contract for the design and construction of Stage 2 is expected to be awarded in March/April 2016 with construction commencing shortly after.

Key Milestone Dates 
Request For Tenders close - 23 December 2015;
Design and Construct contract awarded - March/April 2016;
Financial close - April 2016;
Construction commences - April 2016;
Construction completed by Commonwealth Games - April 2018.

Facts about Stage 2


Stage 2 includes two park ‘n’ ride facilities and we have received several enquiries about the cost to park at the new 1000 car space facility at Parkwood station and the 400 car space expansion of the existing facility at Helensvale station. Parking will be free of charge at both park ‘n’ rides to encourage passengers to use the designated parking facilities.

Many residents have also asked about on-street parking near stations. The City of Gold Coast is responsible for managing parking on the Gold Coast and if parking issues arise in areas influenced by the Gold Coast Light Rail, suitable responses can be considered by the City of Gold Coast. For more information regarding City Parking click here or contact the City of Gold Coast on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211. 

Fares and ticketing for public transport in South East Queensland is managed by TransLink and the Gold Coast Light Rail is part of TransLink's integrated ticketing system. Based on the current TransLink network and zonal system, the entire light rail network (Stages 1 and 2) will be a three-zone fare.

The existing Gold Coast Light Rail network travels through zones 13 and 14 of the TransLink zone system while the Stage 2 extension will be an additional one-zone fare. This means travelling from Helensvale or either Parkwood station to the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University will be a one-zone fare. For more information on go cards, public transport ticketing and current TransLink fare zones visit

GoldLinQ is committed to high levels of Local Industry Participation and many local businesses have already taken the opportunity to register on the Stage 2 supplier database.

As one of the largest infrastructure projects in Queensland we understand the importance of having local people deliver the Stage 2 project through the creation of employment and business opportunities for local residents, contractors and industries. Registering your interest as a local supplier can be done by visiting the Stage 2 website or emailing

Regular email updates will be provided to keep you informed as the project progresses. If you no longer wish to receive Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 updates email with the word ‘STOP’ in the subject line.


Stage 2 opening day.
Trams testing along the Stage 2 alignment.
Parkwood and Helensvale pedestrian walkway installations.
Travel Light from Helensvale to Broadbeach in early 2018.
Stage 2 trams unloaded at the Port of Brisbane - September 2017.
First test tram crosses Olsen Avenue - September 2017.
Helensvale station construction fly-over - July 2017.
Time lapse of final asphalt at Olsen Avenue - July 2017.
Time lapse of track construction at Olsen Avenue - May 2017.
Time lapse of rail being laid at Napper Road - March 2017.
First section of rail laid at Napper Road - March 2017.
Parkwood station 3D rendering.
Parkwood East station construction.
Stage 2 Fly-through.
First birthday video
Stage 1 timelapse Smith Street and Nerang River bridges.