Creating a world-class,
sustainable, city changing,
integrated light rail system for
the Gold Coast

Stage 2 Overview

  • Biggera Creek bridge Biggera Creek bridge
  • Coombabah Creek bridge Coombabah Creek bridge
  • Helensvale station Helensvale station
  • Helensvale station internal Helensvale station internal
  • Parkwood East station Parkwood East station
  • Parkwood station and park'n'ride Parkwood station and park'n'ride

*Artist impressions are based on reference design and are subject to change.


In mid-March 2016, CPB Contractors was announced as GoldlinQ's preferred contractor for Stage 2 and commenced construction in July 2016. 

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, well in advance of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Click here to view a notification about Stage 2 early works.



On Thursday 6 August 2015 the Queensland Government requested that GoldLinQ initiate the industry engagement to investigate the extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail from Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale (referred to as Stage 2).

The extension aims to provide a seamless public transport connection with heavy rail, providing an important integrated public transport solution for the people of South East Queensland.

Accordingly, GoldLinQ completed a tender process for the design and construction of Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail.

Six submissions from leading national and international companies were received during an Expressions of Interest period which closed on Friday 28 August. In mid-March 2016, CPB Contractors was announced as GoldlinQ's preferred contractor for Stage 2.


Stage 2 will be operated and maintained by GoldLinQ to maintain consistency with the Stage 1 system.

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Why do we need it?

  • The Gold Coast’s transport system will need to evolve to support a modern, vibrant city.
  • The Gold Coast road network is currently operating at or above capacity and population growth will continue to place increasing pressure on the transport system of the city and region.
  • The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city and the fastest growing city in Queensland, with a current population of more than 546,000.
  • By 2031, the population of the Gold Coast is forecast to reach a total of almost 800,000 in a South East Queensland (SEQ) regional population of 3.4 million people. By 2038, the population of the Gold Coast is forecast to reach 930,000.
  • An efficient and integrated transport network is essential to ease congestion and improve accessibility in the region. Investment in the rail network will give people better access to their places of work and connect businesses and communities. It will support our economic growth and generate jobs.
  • Public transport is a critical facilitator of economic growth by getting people to their place of employment or to key activity centres.
  • As congestion increases on the Pacific Motorway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, the efficiency of the rail system and its mass transit capabilities becomes increasingly important for the region.
  • To accommodate population growth and maintain the quality of life that attracts residents and visitors, a change in how people move around the city is essential to ensure congestion is addressed and does not impact the city’s economic growth and quality of life.
  • Future planning and delivery of transport infrastructure on the Gold Coast needs to consider the city’s unique characteristics.
  • Increased population, economic development and visitations, particularly during peak periods and major events, will place additional capacity constraints on transport infrastructure.

Are future stages planned?

The Gold Coast Light Rail system has been designed to be delivered in a number of stages to respond to the growth of the Gold Coast. Future stages are subject to funding however Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast transport plans have identified potential future stages extending 42 kilometres from the heavy rail system at the northern end of the Gold Coast and connect activity centres along the coastal strip to the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.

Following Stage 1, a connection between light and heavy rail was identified as the next highest investment priority for the system.