Gold Coast Light Rail




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Gold Coast Light Rail
Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Three
Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

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STATUS: Under procurement
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

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.

 

The next stage being procured is Stage Three, with business case development for Stage Four underway.

In March 2020, the Queensland Government released a multi-modal corridor study to help develop a transport strategy for the corridor between Burleigh Heads and Tugun. The study recommended that Stage Four of the light rail follow the Gold Coast Highway to the airport. The Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council announced its intention to proceed with Stage Four in August 2020, commencing a $5 million business case development process.


 

Procurement

GoldLinQ consortium are responsible for operation and maintenance of the current Gold Coast Light Rail (Stages One and Two). The consortium comprises: Aveng Australia, International Public Partnerships, Keolis, Marubeni Corporation and Plenary Group.

Upon award of the PPP for Stage One, GoldLinQ comprised KDR2, Bombardier Transportation, McConnell Dowell and Plenary Group.

CPB Contractors were appointed by GoldLinQ as the D&C partner for Stage Two.

 


 

Project Funding

Stage One was procured through a $1.2 billion, 18-year Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Queensland State Government and GoldLinQ consortium. It was funded jointly by the Gold Coast City Council, the Queensland State Government and the Australian Government.

Stage Two was jointly funded by the Queensland and Federal Governments, and the Gold Coast City Council.

Stage Three is being jointly funded by the Queensland and Federal Governments, and the Gold Coast City Council.

Business case development for Stage Four is being jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council.

 


 

Project History


18 December 2017
: Stage Two opens

July 2016: construction on Stage Two commenced

18 March 2016: CPB Contractors announced as preferred contractor for Stage Two

August 2015: Expressions of Interest opened for construction of Stage Two

July 2014: Stage One opens

Early 2012: Construction of Stage One commences

6 May 2011: GoldLinQ consortium awarded PPP to deliver and operate Stage One

 

Further information

A $2 million east-west transport corridors study to be jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council was announced in August 2020. This will look into potential public transport connections on the Broadbeach – Robina and Broadbeach – Nerang corridors. This will explore options for rapid bus services and whether they can accommodate future spur lines for light rail.

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 Three 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.



Last reviewed: 07/08/2020

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four


PROJECT
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STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: QLD
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

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Three


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Three

STATUS: Under procurement
VALUE: $709M AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

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 circa seven kilometres of dual light rail track with eight new stations. The project will also include five new light rail vehicles, a light rail – bus interchange at Burleigh Heads and supporting works and improvements.

 


 

Project Timeline

Mid-2020: Contract award

Late-2021: Indicative construction commencement

2023: Indicative commencement of operations

 


 

Procurement

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

2 December 2019: Registrations for the EOI process were invited. Qualified registrants will be invited to attend an industry briefing and to submit an EOI.

6 December 2019: Registrations for the EOI due

3 February 2020: Three proponents shortlisted for RFP process including: 

  • 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.

 

6 August 2020: The Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council indicated that contract award was imminent, with works to commence before the end of 2020.

 


 

Project Funding

Queensland Government: $351 million

Federal Government: $269 million

Gold Coast City Council: $92 million

 

With announcing their contribution in August 2019, the Queensland Government called on the Federal Government to increase its $112 million commitment to $269 million.

 


 

Project History

3 February 2020: Three proponents were shortlisted for the Request for Proposal process by GoldLinQ.

20 November 2019: Federal Government committed extra $157 million, bringing the total Federal commitment to $269 million and completing the funding profile

10 September 2019: Business case endorsed by Infrastructure Australia

7 August 2019: Queensland Government committed $351 million to the project

June 2019: Gold Coast City Council committed $92 million to the project

December 2018: Business case endorsed by Building Queensland

5 November 2018: Federal Government committed $112 million to the project

18 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 Three.

31 July 2017: The Queensland Government allocated $5 million towards developing a business case for Stage Three.

 


 

Further Information

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Four is proposed to extend light rail to Coolangatta and Gold Coast Airport.
The Council has indicated that an extension of Stage Three to Tweed Heads could also 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.
GoldLinQ consortium are responsible for operation and maintenance of the current Gold Coast Light Rail (Stages One and Two).

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



Last reviewed: 07/08/2020

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