Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3


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Credibly proposed


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: Credibly proposed
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 - Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach, operational since July 2014;
Stage 2 - Helensvale to Gold Coast University Hospital, operational since December 2017; and
Stage 3 - Broadbeach to Coolangatta, under design.

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 Burleigh Heads and then to the Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta. The tender for the feasibility study and reference design for Stage 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 3A is to comprise circa seven kilometres of dual light rail track with eight new stations, extending the existing line from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads along the Gold Coast Highway. The project will also include five new light rail vehicles, a light rail - bus interchange at Burleigh Heads and supporting works and improvements.

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 Queensland Government committed to delivering 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. Stage 3. The detailed business case was finalised in December 2018 and has been presented to the Queensland Government for consideration.

The Federal Government committed $112 million towards Stage 3A in November 2018.

Building Queensland led development of the detailed business case for Stage 3A in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

The Queensland Government has indicated construction of Stage 3A will take approximately three years, with construction potentially starting in 2020. Delivery of the project subject to a positive business case and funding commitments from the Federal Government and Gold Coast City Council.

The broader Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads transport connectivity project is identified by Infrastructure Australia as a Priority Initiative in its Infrastructure Priority List.

Future Stages

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

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


The Council also indicated that an extension of Stage 3 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.

Project History

In May 2011 the Queensland 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 , provides a direct connection to South East Queensland's suburban railway network. The 7.3 kilometre route runs 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 completed in December 2017, in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The project also included 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: 29/03/2019

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