Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two Track Laying Ramps Up

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two Track Laying Ramps Up

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad

Olsen Avenue On Track For Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two

Victor P Taffa

Important works are ramping up on the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 project with another round of major track laying.

Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said a full weekend closure of the Olsen Avenue, Wintergreen Drive and Parklands Drive intersection in Parkwood would be required this weekend.

“This track laying marks another exciting milestone for the project with the closure allowing crews to work around the clock to place rail across this busy intersection.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

“It is great to see the first extension of the light rail taking shape so quickly, with the project well on track to be completed by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

“When Stage 2 operations start in early 2018, public transport users will have a seamless, one-transfer rail journey between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

“Tram journey from Helensvale to Gold Coast University Hospital light rail station will take about 11 minutes, which is excellent news for commuters, students and hospital visitors alike.”

“This weekend’s work is similar to work completed in March to place the first rail across the intersection of Napper Road and Smith Street.”

“All efforts are being made to minimise the impact on residents and motorists and I thank the community for their patience while these vital works are underway.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

Stage 2 G Link Light Rail Track Laying Continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoldlinQ CEO Phil Mumford said traffic movements will not be permitted at the intersection during the works and motorists should avoid the area for non-essential travel.

“These are vital works and traffic delays will likely occur. Emergency vehicles will be given priority access at all times and we urge those not visiting the hospital or other businesses in the area to use alternative routes where possible.” Mr. Mumford said.

“Traffic management, diversions and signs will be in place to direct motorists during these works with access to the Gold Coast University Hospital maintained at all times.”

More than 32 km of rail weighing 1,600 tonnes is being used for the 7.3 km of dual track being laid for the extension.