Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail connecting the coast
Published 05 February 2018
More than 78,000 trips taken from three new stations as part of stage two of the Gold Coast Light Rail in the first month of service.
Since stage two’s opening in December, the Gold Coast Light Rail has seen a 25 per cent increase in patronage – equal to 172,000 extra trips.
Local MP Meaghan Scanlon said both residents and tourists have benefitted from the stronger connection to Brisbane.
“Travelling from Broadbeach to Helensvale and on to Brisbane has never been easier,” Ms Scanlon said.
“Light rail has been a critical development for the Gold Coast and we’re proud to have built one of the best transport systems in the country.
“Stage two of the Gold Coast Light Rail has built on the highly successful first stage which was completed in July 2014, both built by Labor governments here on the Gold Coast.”
Ms Scanlon said the increase in patronage was proof of the success of light rail on the Gold Coast.
“We’re expecting more and more people will use the light rail service throughout the year as residents return from holidays and become familiar with their new public transport system.”
Ms Scanlon also said the light rail extension had also resulted in an increase in bus patronage, following a restructure of bus timetables and routes.
Routes 713, 719, and 765, which received major boosts in service frequency are seeing more than 50 per cent increases in patronage compared to the same period last year.
Plenary is an investor in – and was financial and commercial adviser for – both stages of the Gold Coast Light Rail, part of the GoldLinQ consortium contracted to design, build, finance and maintain the project for a further 16 years.
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