All three levels of government have committed to funding for the extension of the Gold Coast light rail in time for the Commonwealth Games.
Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced the funding agreement for the transport infrastructure project.
“Construction of Stage 2 of Gold Coast Light Rail will provide the missing link from the Gold Coast to Brisbane,” Turnbull said.
“This project is vital for the Commonwealth Games transport task. It connects five competition venues and nine events to accommodation and public transport interchanges.”
The project is expected to support more than 1000 jobs during construction, with an average of more than 18,200 trips made on the network each day.
Palaszczuk welcomed the funding commitment from the Commonwealth and said Stage two of the project can now be built in time for the Commonwealth Games.
“I congratulate the Prime Minister, Mr. Turnbull, for committing funding support to help deliver Stage 2 of Gold Coast Light Rail,” Palaszczuk said.
“Once the Commonwealth was provided with the Business case, the Prime Minister prioritised the decision to fund this infrastructure which will be critical to the success of the Games.”
Six national and international companies have proposed to construct the 7.3km light rail alignment.
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