A billion-dollar light rail development earmarked for the Gold Coast is powering ahead, with completion due by mid-next year.
GoldLinQ – the project’s developer – said a four-month intensive construction program will minimise disruption in Surfers Paradise by accelerating major underground service upgrades.
The majority of Surfers Paradise Boulevard will be closed off to the public until June to allow the major works to progress, the company told News Limited.
“Instead of a longer period with works happening in and out of the boulevard, the next four months are going to be intense construction-wise but at the end we will only have footpaths and station fit-outs followed by landscaping remaining,” GoldLinQ chief executive officer Phil Mumford explained.
The $1.2 billion development – which may generate opportunities for apprenticeships in Gold Coast – will ease traffic congestion in the coastal city and support future growth in the region.
Stage one of the GoldLinQ will comprise a 13 kilometre light rail corridor connecting the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University to commercial shopping hubs at Southport, Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.
The project is Queensland’s first light rail network.