G:link

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G:link
Glink logo.png
FC 2 test, surfers paradise boulevard, March 2014.JPG
A Flexity 2 under test on Surfers Paradise Boulevard in March 2014
Overview
Locale Gold Coast, Australia
Transit type Light rail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 16
Chief executive Phil Mumford
Headquarters Southport
Operation
Began operation 20 July 2014
Operator(s) Keolis
Downer Rail
Number of vehicles 14 Flexity 2 trams
Train length 43.5 m (143 ft)
Headway 7-30 minutes
Technical
System length 13 km (8.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Average speed 23 km/h (14 mph)
Top speed 70 km/h (43 mph)
System map
Gold Coast University Hospital
Griffith University
Smith Street Motorway
Depot
Queen Street
Gold Coast Hospital
Southport
Southport South
Broadwater Parklands
Nerang River
Main Beach
Surfers Paradise North
Cypress Avenue
Cavill Avenue
Surfers Paradise
Northcliffe
Florida Gardens
Broadbeach North
Broadbeach South

G:link, also known as the Gold Coast Light Rail, is a light rail system on the Gold Coast, Australia. The first stage of the project is a 16 station line between Griffith University and Broadbeach. The line is 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) long. It opened on 20 July 2014, with a free travel day, before normal operations began on 21 July 2014. Future proposals for the line involve extending it north-west to the heavy rail at Helensvale and south towards Coolangatta. The system was built by the GoldLinQ consortium under a Public Private Partnership with the Government of Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council.

The system uses tracks with 750 V DC overhead catenary. The depot is located in Southport, between Griffith University and Queen Street stations.

History[edit]

Central reservation of Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach in February 2014 with completed light rail line
Flexity 2 under test between the Nerang River and Broadwater Parklands station in February 2014
Interior of Flexity 2 tram

Background[edit]

The Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, with an annual population growth of 2 - 3%.[1] The project was first proposed in the Gold Coast City Council Transport Plan 1996 after some years of consideration and review. In 2002 the Queensland and Federal Governments each contributed $650,000 to fund the Gold Coast Light Rail Feasibility Study.[2][3] In 2004 the draft summary report was released.[4]

Political process[edit]

The proposed system had significant impact on property both directly and indirectly in the corridor. In 2009 $16.5 million was spent on property resumptions. A total of $170 million was been allocated for all resumptions. The Queens Park Tennis Club and Southport Croquet Club were both relocated.[5]

In 2009 the Queensland Government committed $464 million to the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project, supplementing $365 million committed by the Australian Government and $120 million provided by Gold Coast City Council.[6]

In June 2011 the GoldLinq consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation, Downer EDI, Keolis, McConnell Dowell and Plenary Group was awarded the contract to build the light and operate the Gold Coast light rail line for 18 years.[7][8][9]

Construction[edit]

In August 2012 the cost of the 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) light rail was estimated at $1.6 billion.[10]

Construction began on the Gold Coast University Hospital station shell in July 2010.[11] In late 2010, early roadworks began in Broadbeach and Southport.[12]

By November 2013 much of the work was complete with the southern section at Broadbeach being the only section of trackwork to be completed. Testing commenced on the northern section of the line in October 2013 with the line opened on 20 July 2014.[13][14][15]

Route[edit]

The first stage of the system comprises a 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) light rail line along a corridor between Griffith University with Broadbeach connecting the key activity centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise. It primarily operates in a centre running configuration. The route was criticised by the Southport Chamber of Commerce because it may negatively affect traders and customers in the central business district.[6]

Operation[edit]

Services are operated by KDR Gold Coast, a joint venture between Keolis and Downer Rail. The partners also own KDR Melbourne and have operated Yarra Trams in Melbourne since November 2009. It is claimed that the system can move up to 10,000 people an hour. Fares are set by TransLink with all stations fitted with go card readers.[16]

Service frequencies (in minutes) from 21 July 2014:[17]

Weekdays Weekends
23:30 to 05:00 - 30
05:00 to 07:00 15 15
07:00 to 19:00 7.5 10
19:00 to 23:30 15 15

On Monday to Friday mornings (midnight to 5am), the light rail is replaced by Surfside Buslines route 700.[18]

Rolling stock[edit]

The Gold Coast Rapid Transit fleet consists of 14 Flexity 2 trams built by Bombardier Transportation in Bautzen, Germany.[19] The trams feature low floors and have dedicated spaces for wheelchairs, prams and surfboards.[20] They have a top speed of 70 km/h and room for 309 passengers with seating for 80.[21] By November 2013 five had been delivered.[22]

Future Proposals and Extensions[edit]

Ramp built to service GCUH station and as a provision for future extension along Olsen Avenue toward Helensvale

Extension to the existing line have been proposed, they include extending the line north to Helensvale railway station, west to Nerang railway station, and south to Coolangatta.[23]

Northern (Heavy Rail at Helensvale or Parkwood)[edit]

In late 2012, the Gold Coast City Council released a draft of their Transport Strategy 2031. The document outlined the original line would be extended west to Parkwood and south to the Gold Coast Airport. Additional branches would be added from Griffith University to Harbour Town, from Main Beach to The Spit, from Surfers Paradise to Bundall, and from Nobby Beach to Robina.[24]

Other identified future stations are Helensvale railway station and Harbour Town. A connection at Helensvale is not expected to be needed until after 2016 at the earliest.[25]

Western (Heavy Rail at Nerang)[edit]

In March 2014, it was suggested that an 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) east-west spur line from Broadbeach to Nerang railway station take the place of other suggested extensions as stage 2 of the light rail line. The Broadbeach-Nerang route would connect to the Carrara Stadium, the main stadium that will be used during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[26]

Southern (Coolangatta via Gold Coast Highway)[edit]

Corridors heading south from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta are also being looked at. This would likely be delivered in 2 stages including a segment from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads, followed by a segment from Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta.[27]

Stations[edit]

The line has 16 stations.[28]

Image Station Station
code
Translink Zone Distance (km) Location Locations served
GCUH Glink Station.jpg Gold Coast University Hospital UNH 13 0 27°57′38″S 153°22′50″E / 27.960595°S 153.380635°E / -27.960595; 153.380635 (Gold Coast University Hospital LR station) Underground station to service the Gold Coast University Hospital and the western end of Griffith University's Gold Coast campus, and bus interchange to Harbour Town and Helensvale railway station
Griffith University GoldLinQ station.jpg Griffith University GRU 13 0.40 27°57′47″S 153°23′04″E / 27.96312°S 153.384440°E / -27.96312; 153.384440 (Griffith University LR station) Griffith University's Gold Coast campus and the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village at Parklands
Depot Platform DSP N/A 1.60 27°58′05″S 153°23′29″E / 27.968139°S 153.391402°E / -27.968139; 153.391402 (LR Depot Platform) Staff use only - not publicly accessible
Queen Street (Southport) Light Rail Stop.jpg Queen Street QUS 13 1.85 27°58′13″S 153°23′39″E / 27.97015°S 153.394172°E / -27.97015; 153.394172 (Queen Street LR station) Services residential area.
Nerang Street NES 13 3.30 27°58′14″S 153°24′31″E / 27.97051°S 153.408749°E / -27.97051; 153.408749 (Nerang Street LR Station) Allamanda and Pacific Private Hospitals
Gold Coast Light Rail - Southport Station.jpg Southport SOU 13 3.85 27°58′04″S 153°24′49″E / 27.967793°S 153.413597°E / -27.967793; 153.413597 (Southport LR Station) Australia Fair Shopping Centre, Southport Mall, Gold Coast Court House, northern end of Southport Broadwater Parklands, Central Queensland University Gold Coast campus, Southport Library and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Southport campus, interchange for buses
Southport South SPS 13 4.50 27°58′22″S 153°24′56″E / 27.972754°S 153.415599°E / -27.972754; 153.415599 (Southport South LR Station) Marine Parade, Queens Park Tennis Centre
Gold Coast Light Rail - Broadwater Parklands Station.jpg Broadwater Parklands BRP 13 4.85 27°58′25″S 153°25′07″E / 27.973587°S 153.418627°E / -27.973587; 153.418627 (Broadwater Parklands LR Station) Southern end of Southport Broadwater Parklands
Gold Coast Light Rail - Main Beach Station.jpg Main Beach MAB 13 5.55 27°58′55″S 153°25′24″E / 27.981858°S 153.42325°E / -27.981858; 153.42325 (Main Beach LR Station) Tedder Avenue, McIntosh Island, Paradise Waters, The Spit
Gold Coast Light Rail - Surfers Paradise North Station.jpg Surfers Paradise North SPN 14 7.35 27°59′35″S 153°25′45″E / 27.992961°S 153.429305°E / -27.992961; 153.429305 (Surfers Paradise North LR Station) Budds Beach, Narrowneck
Cypress Avenue CYP 14 7.80 27°59′48″S 153°25′45″E / 27.996747°S 153.429080°E / -27.996747; 153.429080 (Cypress Avenue LR Station) Adrenalin Park, Chevron Island, A bus connection available Nerang
Gold Coast Light Rail - Cavill Avenue Station.jpg Cavill Avenue CAA 14 8.32 28°00′05″S 153°25′42″E / 28.001503°S 153.428360°E / -28.001503; 153.428360 (Cavill Avenue LR Station) Cavill Avenue shopping and nightclub area of Surfers Paradise, Nerang River Terminal, Surfers Paradise Transit Centre, Hilton Hotel, Surfers Paradise beach
Surfers Paradise Glink Station.jpg Surfers Paradise SUP 14 8.85 28°00′22″S 153°25′45″E / 28.006142°S 153.429060°E / -28.006142; 153.429060 (Surfers Paradise LR Station) Q1, Paradise Island
Northcliffe NOR 14 9.31 28°00′38″S 153°25′46″E / 28.010466°S 153.429537°E / -28.010466; 153.429537 (Northcliffe LR Station) Northcliffe Surf Club, Isle of Capri
Florida Gardens FLG 14 10.05 28°01′03″S 153°25′46″E / 28.017483°S 153.429328°E / -28.017483; 153.429328 (Florida Gardens LR Station) Cascade Gardens
Gold Coast Light Rail - Broadbeach North Station.jpg Broadbeach North BRN 14 11.30 28°01′43″S 153°25′47″E / 28.028597°S 153.429835°E / -28.028597; 153.429835 (Broadbeach North LR Station) Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach Mall, Jupiters Casino, Kurrawa Park, Oasis Shopping Centre
Gold Coast Light Rail - Broadbeach South Terminus.jpg Broadbeach South BBS 14/15 12.18 28°02′08″S 153°25′52″E / 28.035455°S 153.431161°E / -28.035455; 153.431161 (Broadbeach South LR Station) Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach Library, Broadbeach South bus station, Broadbeach beach


See also[edit]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Gold Coast Rapid Transit Corridor Study". City of Gold Coast. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gold Coast Light Rail Feasibility". Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development. 14 May 2002. 
  4. ^ "Gold Coast Light Rail Feasibility Study" (PDF). Parsons Brinckerhoff. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Chambers, Geoff (24 December 2009). "Flurry of Coast rapid transit resumptions". Gold Coast Bulletin. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Chambers, Geoff (14 February 2010). "Chinese in Gold Coast's rapid transit mix". Gold Coast Bulletin. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "GoldLinQ Selected for Gold Coast Light Rail". Plenary Group (Press release). 5 May 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "GoldlinQ selected to build Gold Coast light rail". Railway Gazette International. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "GoldLinQ wins £657M Australian rail project". New Civil Engineer. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Stolz, Greg; Vogler, Sarah (8 August 2012). "Court bid to halt $1.6 billion Gold Coast light rail project". Herald Sun. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Light rail work starts this month". Gold Coast Bulletin. 4 July 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Gold Coast Rapid Transit. Queensland Government. June 2011. 
  13. ^ "First test tram run in Southport". GoldLinQ. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Works updates". GoldLinQ. 4 December 2013. 
  15. ^ All aboard: Gold Coast light rail officially launches with full tram cars for day of free travel Gold Coast Bulletin 20 July 2014
  16. ^ "Gold Coast Light Rail Fare Cost". Gold Coast Light Rail. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "The G: is coming - Monday 21 July 2014". Translink. Queensland Government. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Route 700 timetable Translink
  19. ^ "GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford inspects construction of first tram in Germany". GoldLinkQ. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "The tram". GoldLinkQ. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Silva, Kristian (20 September 2013). "Gold Coast trams unveiled". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Gold Coast takes delivery of more new trams". Global Rail News. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "FAQ: GoldLinQ". GoldLinQ. 
  24. ^ "Draft Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031" (PDF). City of Gold Coast. 2012. pp. 6, 7. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Gold Coast Rapid Transit project update". Minister for Transport Rachel Nolan (Press release). Coomera Chamber Of Commerce. 12 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Western light rail link connecting Nerang and Broadbeach is back on track". Gold Coast Bulletin. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "Future Stages". GoldLinQ. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Gold Coast light rail station locations" (PDF). GoldLinQ. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Light rail on the Gold Coast at Wikimedia Commons