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A Flexity 2 under test in Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, March 2014.
Locale Gold Coast, Australia
Transit type Light rail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 16
Chief executive Phil Mumford
Headquarters Southport
Operation will start June 2014
Operator(s) Keolis
Downer Rail
Number of vehicles 14 Flexity 2 trams
Train length 43.5 m (143 ft)
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
Queen Street
Gold Coast Hospital
Southport South
Broadwater Parklands
Nerang River
Main Beach
Surfers Paradise North
Cypress Avenue
Cavill Avenue
Surfers Paradise
Florida Gardens
Broadbeach North
Broadbeach South

GoldLinQ is a light rail system being constructed on the Gold Coast, Australia. The first stage of the project is under construction between Griffith University and Broadbeach, with the first 16 station, 13 kilometre section scheduled to open in June 2014. Future plans for the project involve stretches to Helensvale, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta. The system is being built by the GoldLinQ consortium under a Public Private Partnership with the Government of Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council.


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


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 will have 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 has been allocated for all resumptions. The Queens Park Tennis Club and Southport Croquet Club will both be 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]


In August 2012 the cost of the 13 kilometre 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 scheduled to open in June 2014.[13][14]


Stage 1 comprises a 13 kilometre light rail corridor that will link Griffith University with Broadbeach connecting the key activity centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise. It will primarily operate in a centre running configuration. The route has been criticised by the Southport Chamber of Commerce because it may negatively affect traders and customers in the central business district.[6]


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.[15] Corridors heading south from Broadbeach to , Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta are also being looked at.

The original plans for expansion would see the line running for 55 kilometres between Helensvale and Coolangatta. This would be delivered in stages including a segment from Griffith University to Helensvale, a segment from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads, and a segment from Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta.[16]

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.[17]

In March 2014, it was suggested that an 11 km 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.[18]


Services will be 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. The system will operate from 05:00 - 23:50 Monday to Thursday and 24 hours Friday and Saturday until 23:50 on Sunday with services every 7–8 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes during off-peak times. The network will move up to 10,000 people an hour. Fares will be set by TransLink with all stations fitted with go card readers.[19]

Rolling stock[edit]

The Gold Coast Rapid Transit fleet will consist of 14 Flexity 2 trams built by Bombardier Transportation in Bautzen, Germany.[20] The trams will feature low floors and have dedicated spaces for wheelchairs and prams.[21] They have a top speed of 70 km/h and room for 309 passengers with seating for 80.[22] By November 2013 five had been delivered.[23]


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


Surfers Paradise North Station in February 2014
Queen Street under construction in July 2013

The network (currently Stage 1) will have 16 stations, all of which are expected to open in June 2014.[24]

Station Translink Zone Distance (km) Location Description
Gold Coast University Hospital 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 tram station to service the Gold Coast University Hospital, construction commenced in July 2010[11]
Griffith University 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) Will service Griffith University's Gold Coast campus
Depot Platform 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 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)
Nerang Street 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)
Southport 13 3.85 27°58′04″S 153°24′49″E / 27.967793°S 153.413597°E / -27.967793; 153.413597 (Southport LR Station) Will service Australia Fair Shopping Centre Interchange for buses to the north
Southport South 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)
Broadwater Parklands 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) Will service the southern end of Broadwater Parklands
Main Beach 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)
Surfers Paradise North 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)
Cypress Avenue 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)
Cavill Avenue 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) Will service the Cavill Avenue shopping and nightclub area of Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise 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)
Northcliffe 14 9.31 28°00′38″S 153°25′46″E / 28.010466°S 153.429537°E / -28.010466; 153.429537 (Northcliffe LR Station)
Florida Gardens 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)
Broadbeach North 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) Will service Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Broadbeach South 14/15 12.90 28°02′08″S 153°25′52″E / 28.035455°S 153.431161°E / -28.035455; 153.431161 (Broadbeach South LR Station) Will service Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, interchange for buses to the south

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Estimated Resident Population
  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. 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. ^ a b "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. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ "Future Stages". GoldLinQ. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Draft Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031" (PDF). City of Gold Coast. 2012. pp. 6, 7. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Western light rail link connecting Nerang and Broadbeach is back on track". Gold Coast Bulletin. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Gold Coast Light Rail Fare Cost Gold Coast Light Rail
  20. ^ "GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford inspects construction of first tram in Germany". GoldLinkQ. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "The tram". GoldLinkQ. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  22. ^ Silva, Kristian (20 September 2013). "Gold Coast trams unveiled". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Gold Coast takes delivery of more new trams". Global Rail News. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Gold Coast light rail station locations GoldLinQ

External links[edit]

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