Queensland’s $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project has reached another major milestone. The State Government has just announced the preferred locations of three new train stations in the Gold Coast.
The new stations will be located in Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac/Worongary, and the Queensland Government has allocated approximately $120 million towards the delivery of these stations. Specific locations of the new Gold Coast stations are expected to be announced next month.
“The Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. These new stations are an important part of our commitment to improving public transport on the Coast.
“The Government’s number one priority is to create jobs. This project won’t just create jobs during construction but will support Gold Coasters who need to travel for work each day,” Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said.
Pimpama station concept design (source: Cross River Rail)
Public transport such as the Cross River Rail is vital for the Gold Coast as it will provide better transportation to the growing population in the region - with an additional 350,000 residents expected over the next 25 years.
“This is a great win for Gold Coasters. Through Cross River Rail, we’re creating an extra 3,150 seats. This means trains to Brisbane will leave as regularly as every five minutes during the morning peak period,” Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister Meaghan Scanlon said.
In addition, a month-long public consultation period will also be conducted next month to collect feedback from the community regarding the concept designs for the new train stations. Detailed planning will then be finalised before tenders for the delivery of the project are released to market.
“We want to hear from Gold Coasters about what they want to see at these stations,” Ms Scanlon added.
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