Project

Gold Coast Light Rail

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Gold Coast Light Rail

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 One - Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach, operational since July 2014
  • Stage Two - Helensvale to Gold Coast University Hospital, operational since December 2017
  • Stage Three - Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads, and
  • Stage Four - Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta.

Stage Three and Four of the project are under development.

The Gold Coast City Council's City Transport Strategy 2031 planning document notes further expansion of the light rail network are possible. Potential future expansions include:

  • Nobby Beach to Robina
  • Broadbeach to Nerang
  • Surfers to Bundall, and
  • Gold Coast University Hospital to Biggera Waters.

The Council has also indicated that an extension to Tweed Heads could be possible, subject to agreement by the NSW Government. The NSW Government committed $1 million towards strategic planning of light rail between Tweed Heads and Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta during the 2019 NSW State election.

Key Dates

May 2011 Contract Award for Stage One PPP
Jul 2014 Construction Completion for Stage One
Mar 2016 Contract Awarded for Stage Two D&C
Dec 2017 Construction Completion on Stage Two

Procurement

Procuring Agency: GoldLinQ Private Limited on behalf of Queensland Government
Procurement note:

GoldLinQ Pty Ltd has been contracted by the Queensland Government for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the Gold Coast light rail system. Upon award of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) for Stage One, GoldLinQ comprised KDR2, Bombardier Transportation, McConnell Dowell and Plenary Group. GoldLinQ consortium undertakes the procurement of the stages under development.

PROJECT HISTORY

May 2011 GoldLinQ consortium was awarded the PPP to design, build, finance, operate and maintain Stage One.
2012 Construction of Stage One commenced.
Jul 2014 Stage One of the project became operational.
Aug 2015 Expressions of Interest opened for construction of Stage Two.
Mar 2016 CPB Contractors were announced as preferred contractor for Stage Two.
Jul 2016 Construction on Stage Two commenced.
Dec 2017 Stage Two of the project became operational.
2019 The NSW Government committed $1 million towards strategic planning of light rail between Tweed Heads and Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta during the 2019 NSW State election.
Oct 2020 John Holland Group was named as preferred bidder for design and construction of Stage Three.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Queensland |
Resources
Project website
GoldLinQ
Major Contract

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Three

PROJECT STATUS
Awarded
Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Three

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. Stage Three will extend the existing light rail network from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads along the Gold Coast Highway.

It will comprise:

  • 6.7 kilometres of dual light rail track
  • eight new stations
  • five additional light rail vehicles
  • upgrades and expansions of the existing depot and stabling facilities
  • a new light rail-bus interchange at Burleigh Heads and Miami
  • new signalised traffic intersections upgrades
  • new signalised pedestrian crossings, and
  • upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Key Dates

Dec 2019 EOIs Open
2020 Expected Contract Award
2021 Construction Commencement
2023 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Queensland Government
Gold Coast City Council

The 2021-22 Queensland Budget confirmed the total cost of Stage Three has increased by $334 million since last year’s Budget to $1 billion.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: GoldLinQ Private Limited on behalf of Queensland Government
Shortlist: Burleigh Link JV – a joint venture between Fulton Hogan and UGL Engineering, CPBSW JV – a joint venture between CPB Contractors and Seymour Whyte, and John Holland.
Successful Tenderer: John Holland Group
Procurement note:

GoldlinQ, the operator franchisee for the GCLR network, conducted the Stage Three procurement process.

PROJECT HISTORY

Jul 2017 The Queensland Government allocated $5 million towards developing a business case for Stage Three.
Apr 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 Three.
Nov 2018 Federal Government committed $112 million to the project.
Dec 2018 The business case for Stage Three (previously Stage 3A) was endorsed by Building Queensland.
Jun 2019 Gold Coast City Council committed $92 million to the project.
Aug 2019 Queensland Government committed $351 million to the project. Along with the announcement, the Queensland Government called on the Federal Government to increase its $112 million commitment to $269 million.
Sep 2019 Stage Three (previously Stage 3A) business case was endorsed by Infrastructure Australia.
Nov 2019 Federal Government committed an additional $157 million to the project, bringing the total Federal commitment to $269 million and completing the funding profile.
Dec 2019 Registrations for the EOI process were invited. Qualified registrants will be invited to attend an industry briefing and to submit an EOI.
Feb 2020 Following three proponents were shortlisted for RFP process: Burleigh Link JV: a joint venture between Fulton Hogan and UGL Engineering, CPBSW JV: a joint venture between CPB Contractors and Seymour Whyte, and John Holland Group.
Aug 2020 The Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council indicated that contract award was imminent, with works to commence before the end of 2020.
Oct 2020 John Holland Group was selected as the preferred bidder for design and construction of Stage Three construction.
May 2021 The Federal Government announced an additional $126.6 million in funding for Stage Three, bringing their total commitment to $396 million.
Jun 2021 The 2021-22 Queensland Budget confirmed the total cost of Stage Three has increased by $334 million since last year’s Budget, to $1 billion. The Budget allocated $114 million in FY2021-22 for the project.
Jul 2021 Early works commenced for the project.
Estimated Total Cost
(2021)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
Queensland | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Project (near-term, 0-5 years)
Resources
Project website
Stage Three
Major Contract

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four

Stage Four (previously Stage 3B) will extend the Gold Coast light rail network from where the planned Stage Three (previously Stage 3A) ends at Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta via the Gold Coast Airport.

The detailed project scope and route will be determined through the business case development process. Broadly, the scope involves:

  • 13 kilometres of dual light rail track
  • improved Palm Beach Avenue precinct
  • improved connectivity to the M1 via nineteenth avenue
  • active transport developments along the line
  • improvements to the Palm Beach Avenue precinct
  • changes to Tugun Village access for safety and traffic flow improvements, and
  • wildlife crossings

The route will include nine stations between Burleigh Heads and Tugun, with further stations to be investigated between Tugun to Coolangatta. 

Once delivered, Stage Four will complete a 40 kilometre light rail link between Helensvale in the north to Coolangatta in the south, via the Gold Coast Airport.

Key Dates

2023 Expected Construction Commencement

Funding contributions

Queensland Government
Gold Coast City Council

$5 million joint funding from Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council has been committed to undertake a preliminary business case for the project. Additionally, the Queensland Government has committed $1.4 million to undertake a transport planning study for Tugun to Coolangatta.

PROJECT HISTORY

Aug 2020 Alongside the announcement of the $5 million business case for Stage Four, the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council also announced a jointly funded $2 million east-west transport corridors study. This will look into potential public transport connections on the Broadbeach - Robina and Broadbeach - Nerang corridors. The study will explore options for rapid bus services and whether they can accommodate future spur lines for light rail.
Jul 2021 Alongside the commencement of community consultation, the Queensland Government released further details of the designs for the light rail extending beyond Burleigh including detailed animations, a 3D concept design and artist impressions.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Queensland |
Resources
Media releases
2020/08/06
2021/07/12
Project pages
Queensland Government