The Queensland government and GoldLinQ have entered into a partnership to construct the Gold Coast light rail extension in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the contract was signed today.
“Stage Two will transform public transport on the Gold Coast and deliver an integrated light rail system for the city that connects to the heavy rail at Helensvale station,” Hinchliffe said.
“The light rail extension will help ease road congestion and deliver much-needed new capacity for the transport network to cater for population growth on the Gold Coast.”
Construction partners CPB Contractors, Bombardier Transportation and Keolis Downer will work in conjunction with GoldLinQ to deliver the project.
Federal Minister for Major Projects, Paul Fletcher, said the project would facilitate long-term growth in South East Queensland.
“This is an important milestone in this transformational project for the Gold Coast,” Fletcher said.
“Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two is an example of what can be accomplished when multiple levels of Government work constructively together.”
The project is expected to generate up to 1,000 direct and indirect jobs.
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