Public consultation for GC light rail extension

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported the seven-kilometre track, featuring seven new stations, would follow the Gold Coast Highway and terminate near Goodwin Terrace.

Mayor Tom Tate has called on the State and Federal governments to commit funding to the project, with construction due to begin in 2020.

The community consultation period would allow locals to have their say on two possible routes for the final leg with a station planned for either the Gold Coast Highway or Park Avenue.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said extending to the existing light rail network would not only provide locals with better public transportation but also reduce growing congestion issues on the Gold Coast.

An artist’s impression of the light rail passing through Mermaid Beach. Photo: The Gold Coast Bulletin.

“Locals and tourists have really taken to light rail on the Coast, as it’s provided a realistic option to leaving the car at home,” Ms Ritchie said.

“With the consultation closing on 23 June, we urge locals to get involved with the consultation to help shape the final designs of the extension plans.

“We would ultimately like to see the light rail line extend south to Coolangatta and the airport, and then north-west to link up with the heavy rail network.”

RACQ has also urged the Gold Coast Council to release the preliminary business case once complete so the full community benefits could be assessed.