Gold Coast Light Rail

Queensland’s first light rail system ready to go

Published 08 July 2014

GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND – The Queensland Government has announced that passengers will be able to travel on the new Gold Coast Light Rail for the first time on Sunday 20 July.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the eagerly awaited date follows confirmation that all parties are satisfied the light rail system is ready to go.

“The wait is finally over, and after three years of design and construction works the Gold Coast will have a world-class public transport option,” Mr Emerson said.

“As a government we have a strong plan to get more people on to public transport and light rail provides an easy-to-use, frequent service ensuring a bright future for anyone travelling in and around the Gold Coast.

“Following the day of free travel on Sunday, paid passenger tram services and the new bus timetable will commence on Monday 21 July that will include additional high frequency bus routes and improved connections between trains, buses and trams.

“Trams will run every seven-and-a-half minutes, to Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and I encourage everyone to jump on board.”

From Monday 21 July, visitors and tourists exploring the Gold Coast will be able to purchase the new, affordable all-day travel go explore card.

Mr Emerson said for the past few months Gold Coasters have seen the light rail system testing underway that included running trams to a rigorous time table.

“Final testing and training will continue over the next two weeks,” he said.

“I want to thank businesses and residents for their ongoing patience during the construction phase.”

All details regarding the free day of tram travel as well as fares and timetable information will be on TransLink website or call 13 12 30.

About the Gold Coast Light Rail

The $1.2 billion project consists of 14 trams, 16 stations servicing a 13-kilometre route and is jointly funded by State and Federal Governments and the City of Gold Coast.

Plenary Group is part of the GoldLinQ Consortium selected by the Queensland Government to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the light rail system, and is the equity investor and financial arranger for the project.