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Gold Coast Light Rail - Stage 2

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2016 - Early 2018
Estimated Project Cost:$420,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$95,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Gold Coast City Council

Project Description

Construction of a 7.3km light rail system to extend the existing light rail from the Gold Coast University Hospital to connect with the heavy rail network on the northern end of the Gold Coast at Helensvale, with new stations at Parkwood and Parkwood East and a new heavy rail/light rail interchange at Helensvale.


The project will provide South East Queensland with a seamless heavy rail/light rail journey between Queensland’s two largest cities - Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It will also improve connectivity across the Gold Coast region, providing improved linkages between key activity centres and attractions.

The project will also assist the transport task during the Commonwealth Games to be held on the Gold Coast in April 2018.


The Australian Government is contributing $95 million (capped) and the Gold Coast City Council is contributing $55 million.

The Queensland Government will commit $270 million of the remaining funding required to deliver the project.


Construction commenced in July 2016. The offical opening of the the Gold Coast Light Rail project was held in December 2017. Minor landscaping and finishing works are continuing.

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Project details last updated: 30/01/2018