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Gold Coast Rapid Transit (QLD)

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Funding Programme:Plan for the Future - Building Australia Fund
Status:Completed
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:July 2010 - July 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$1,296,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$365,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Gold Coast City Council
State:QLD

Project Description

The Gold Coast Rapid Transit project involves the construction of a 13 kilometre light rail system to link key activity centres from Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus) to Broadbeach via Southport. This project covers Sections 2 and 3 of a broader system planned to connect Helensvale with Coolangatta.

Benefits

The project is expected to reduce traffic congestion, shorten travel times and lower road maintenance costs. The light rail system will provide rapid access to key strategic locations, such as education and medical facilities, major retail centres, tourism precincts and business and employment areas along the Gold Coast strip. The project will provide a boost to the vital tourism industry.

Funding

The Australian Government is contributing $365 million to Sections 2 and 3 of the project.  The Queensland Government is contributing $811 million and the Gold Coast City Council is contributing $120 million. For the 15 year concession period and under a performance-based payment method, GoldLinQ will be paid a State government funded service payment subject to meeting performance targets under the contract.

Timetable

Construction commenced in July 2010 and the project was officially opened on 20 July 2014. 

Related Links

GoldlinQ G:Link Gold Coast Light Rail

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Project details last updated: 21/01/2015