A Flexity 2 leaving the Broadwater Parklands stop
|Locale||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Transit type||Light rail|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||16|
|Chief executive||Phil Mumford|
|Began operation||20 July 2014|
|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 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Average speed||23 km/h (14 mph)|
|Top speed||70 km/h (43 mph)|
G:link, also known as the Gold Coast Light Rail, is a light rail system serving the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The system consists of a single 13-kilometre (8.1 mi), 16-station standard gauge line between Griffith University and Broadbeach.
Construction began in July 2010. On 20 July 2014 the line was open to the public.
- 1 History
- 2 Operation
- 3 Stations
- 4 Future Proposals and Extensions
- 4.1 Northern Options
- 4.2 Western Options
- 4.3 Southern (Coolangatta via Gold Coast Highway)
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, with an annual population growth of 2 - 3%. 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. In 2004 the draft summary report was released.
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 allocated for all resumptions. The Queens Park Tennis Club and Southport Croquet Club were both relocated.
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.
In June 2011 the GoldLinq consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation, Downer EDI, Keolis, McConnell Dowell and Plenary Group was awarded the contract to build and operate the Gold Coast light rail line for 18 years under a Public Private Partnership.
In August 2012 the cost of the 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) light rail was estimated at $1.6 billion.
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. The line opened on 20 July 2014, with a free travel day, before normal operations began on 21 July.
Services are operated by Keolis Downer, a joint venture between Keolis and Downer Rail. Keolis Downer has operated Yarra Trams in Melbourne since November 2009. It is claimed that the system can move up to 10,000 people an hour. The system forms part of the South East Queensland public transport network. Fares are set by TransLink with all stations fitted with go card readers.
Service frequencies (in minutes) from 21 July 2014:
|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|
The system uses standard gauge tracks with 750 V DC overhead catenary. It primarily operates in a centre running configuration. The depot is located in Southport, between Griffith University and Queen Street stations.
The Gold Coast Rapid Transit fleet consists of 14 Flexity 2 trams built by Bombardier Transportation in Bautzen, Germany. The trams feature low floors and have dedicated spaces for wheelchairs, prams and surfboards. They have a top speed of 70 km/h and room for 309 passengers with seating for 80. By November 2013 five had been delivered.
Over 1.74 million passengers used the Gold Coast Light Rail in its first 100 days after opening. More than five million paid trips were made in nine months of operation, that is an average 17,800 commuters each day.
The first stage of the system comprises a 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) line along a corridor between Griffith University with Broadbeach connecting the key activity centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise. The line has 16 stations:
|Translink Zone||Distance (km)||Location||Locations served|
|Gold Coast University Hospital||UNH||13||0||Underground station to service the Gold Coast University Hospital and the western end of Griffith University's Gold Coast campus, GCUH bus station, bus connection available to Harbour Town and Helensvale railway station|
|Griffith University||GRU||13||0.40||Griffith University's Gold Coast campus and the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village at Parklands, bus interchange available|
|Depot Platform||DSP||N/A||1.60||Staff use only - not publicly accessible|
|Queen Street||QUS||13||1.85||Services the residential area.|
|Nerang Street||NES||13||3.30||Allamanda and Pacific Private Hospitals|
|Southport||SOU||13||3.85||Australia Fair Shopping Centre, Southport Mall, Gold Coast Court House, northern end of Southport Broadwater Parklands, Central Queensland University Gold Coast campus, Southport Library, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Southport campus and Southport bus station|
|Southport South||SPS||13||4.50||Marine Parade, Queens Park Tennis Centre, services residential area|
|Broadwater Parklands||BRP||13||4.85||Southern end of Southport Broadwater Parklands|
|Main Beach||MAB||13||5.55||Tedder Avenue, McIntosh Island, Paradise Waters, The Spit|
|Surfers Paradise North||SPN||14||7.35||Budds Beach, Narrowneck|
|Cypress Avenue||CYP||14||7.80||Adrenalin Park, Chevron Island, bus connections available|
|Cavill Avenue||CAA||14||8.32||Cavill Avenue shopping and nightclub area of Surfers Paradise, Nerang River Terminal, Surfers Paradise Transit Centre, Hilton Hotel, Surfers Paradise beach|
|Surfers Paradise||SUP||14||8.85||Q1, Paradise Island|
|Northcliffe||NOR||14||9.31||Northcliffe Surf Club, Isle of Capri|
|Florida Gardens||FLG||14||10.05||Cascade Gardens|
|Broadbeach North||BRN||14||11.30||Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach Mall, Jupiters Casino, Kurrawa Park, Oasis Shopping Centre|
|Broadbeach South||BBS||14/15||12.18||Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach Library, Broadbeach South bus station, Broadbeach beach|
Future Proposals and Extensions
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.
In March 2015, the Queensland Government indicated its support for a northern extension to meet the Gold Coast railway line, subject to the Gold Coast City Council and Australian Government agreeing to help fund the extension. The Gold Coast City Council supports a route from Griffith University to Parkwood and Helensvale.
Extend to Heavy Rail at Parkwood
Extend North to Biggera Waters
Biggera Waters to Helensvale to Parkwood
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.
Heavy rail at Nerang
Surfers Paradise to Bundall