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