Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3


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Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

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Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   


The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Prospective pipeline
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Gold Coast Light Rail is the largest public transport project undertaken on the Gold Coast to date and is Queensland's first light rail network. The Gold Coast Light Rail project consists of:

Stage 1 - operational since July 2014;
Stage 2 - operational since December 2017; and
Stage 3 - preliminary design and feasibility report being undertaken.

There is scope for further expansion of the network.

Stage 3 of Gold Coast Light Rail is proposed to extend the light rail line from Broadbeach to the Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta. The tender for the feasibility study and reference design for section 3A - from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads - was awarded to WSP in January 2017. The study and reference design will inform the completion of a Preliminary Business Case.

Stage 3 is also expected to include procurement of five additional trams.

A proposed route for section 3A was released in June 2017, which comprised a seven kilometre line with seven stations along Gold Coast Highway.

In July 2017 the Queensland Government allocated $5 million towards developing Stage 3A's business case.

In the lead up to the 2017 state election, the now re-elected Government committed to deliver the project.

In April 2018, the Queensland Government announced it would partner with the Gold Coast City Council to allocate $5 million each towards a detailed business case for Stage 3. The Queensland Government has indicated it expects the business case to be ready for government consideration by early 2019.

The Queensland Government has indicated construction of Stage 3A will take approximately three years, with delivery of the project subject to a positive business case and funding commitments from the Federal Government and Gold Coast City Council.

Project History

In May 2011 The QLD Government announced it awarded the GoldLinQ Consortium the $1 billion 18-year Public Private Partnership contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 1. GoldLinQ consortium for Stage 1 comprised:

- KDR2 Gold Coast Pty Ltd;
- Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd;
- McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust.) Pty Ltd ; and
- Plenary Group Pty Ltd.

Stage 1 opened in July 2014 and runs from the Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach South.

Stage 2, which is being also led by GoldLinQ , will provde a direct connection to South East Queensland's suburban railway network. The 7.3 kilometre route will run from Helensvale heavy rail station adjacent to the Gold Coast Line, then adjacent to the Smith Street Motorway to connect with Stage 1 at the Gold Coast University Hospital light rail station.

CPB Contractors were awarded the design and construct contract for Stage 2 by GoldLinQ in April 2016. Construction commenced in July 2016 with the project due for completion in early 2018, in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The project also includes three new stations at Helensvale, Parkwood and Parkwood East, a new 1,000 car space park ‘n’ ride facility at Parkwood station as well as a 400 space expansion of the existing park ‘n’ ride facility at Helensvale station.

Last reviewed: 29/06/2018

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