Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four


Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed


Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four

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

Project Scope

Stage Four (previously labelled Stage 3B) will extend the Gold Coast light rail network by 13 kilometres, from where the planned Stage Three (previously labelled Stage 3A) ends at Burleigh Heads to Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.

The project scope and route will be determined through the business case development process.



Project Timeline

August 2020: Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council announced their intention to proceed with the project, jointly funding a $5 million business case.

2023: Indicative construction commencement, following completion of works on Stage Three.



Project Funding

Queensland Government: $2.5 million for jointly funded business case

Gold Coast City Council: $2.5 million for jointly funded business case



Further Information

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

In August 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.

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.

Last reviewed: 07/08/2020

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