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Old December 18th, 2012, 06:40 AM   #1301
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I was heading down to Surfers over the weekend, so I decided that I would jump on a route 3 and have a look at the light rail works myself (I hadn't seen any laid track yet), and armed with my trusty camera, I managed to get some photos!

I'll upload them in a few parts, starting with GCUH/Griffith – Scarborough Street.

Parklands Drive:

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PC152109 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152113 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152114 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

Queen Street:

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PC152115 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152117 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

Nerang Street:

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PC152120 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152122 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152124 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152127 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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Old December 18th, 2012, 11:21 AM   #1302
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Fantastic pics!
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Old December 18th, 2012, 01:43 PM   #1303
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Fab! Thanks a lot.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 12:41 AM   #1304
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I wish we had more pubs like The Cecil (at least architecturally), and more pavillions along the coastline like the one at Southport SLSC...
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Old December 19th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #1305
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Completely agree! I think that The Cecil is could well be the oldest existing pub on the entire coast, dating from the 1930–40s. I'd love to see a state heritage listing stuck on it, matching those of the Southport Town Hall and the Southport & Main Beach Pavilions!

Anyway, back to the route and I'll pick up where I left off:

Scarborough Street:

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PC152134 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152135 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152136 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152137 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

Now back onto Queen Street

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PC152140 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

Unfortunately, from there it was a bit hard to fully follow the works due to being on the wrong side of the road, but I got a few more bits and pieces including works on the new bridges:

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PC152142 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152144 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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A little bit from the Gold Coast Highway:

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PC152149 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

And a bit from along Surfers Paradise Boulevard starting with the removal of the last of four pedestrian overpasses that were built in Surfers during the 1980s:

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PC152162 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

And the newly single lane layout of the road (makes skipping across the road so much easier!)

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PC152236 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152238 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152164 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

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PC152176 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

That's as far as I went this time, but I'm hoping to continue down to Broadbeach in the not to distant future.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 03:23 AM   #1306
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Yeah, it really looks like a congested hell-hole on Surfers Blvd with one lane missing, doesn't it?

Those street traders really need their "compersation".

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Old December 19th, 2012, 03:52 AM   #1307
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It does look good, however closing off Surfers Blvd appeared to have resulted in the Esplanade becoming very congested now, which sucks. Definitely need to use the lights to cross it now sadly.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 06:51 AM   #1308
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It does look good, however closing off Surfers Blvd appeared to have resulted in the Esplanade becoming very congested now, which sucks. Definitely need to use the lights to cross it now sadly.
Pretty much always the case as far back as I can remember, largely a function of on-street parking and all the apartment building carpark entrances. It's low speed so not a huge issue.

I expect Garfield Terrace is actually much busier given how narrow it is.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 06:58 AM   #1309
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Yeh the Esplanade is always congested to an extent. I swear it used to be worse, too.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #1310
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But hopefully it will reach a point where tourists will be happy to leave there cars in the hotels and use the lightrail to get around the GC
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Old December 21st, 2012, 04:11 AM   #1311
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From their latest newsletter:

2012 Construction Milestones

Southport
· Powerlines along Parklands Drive placed underground and signalisation of the Engineering Drive intersection completed.
· Piers for the Smith Street bridge erected and four bridge spans placed along Parklands Drive and across the Smith Street Motorway.
· Construction of the Depot facility and associated infrastructure advancing.
· Rail laid along the majority of Queen Street from Wardoo Street to Nerang Street including the Nerang Street intersection.
· Rail laid across the High and Nerang Street intersection.
· Excavation for track laying underway along Scarborough and Nerang Streets.

Surfers Paradise
· Major storm-water drainage construction at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard complete.
· Major storm-water drainage construction at the intersection of Ferny Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard complete.
· Piling for the light rail bridge over the Nerang River has commenced.
· Works along the Gold Coast Highway at Paradise Waters, including track laying, are well underway.
· Construction of the combined light rail and pedestrian bridge at Macintosh Island North is nearing completion.
· More than 300 metres of corridor handed over to the rail team for track laying.
· Construction has commenced along more than half of Surfers Paradise Boulevard.

Broadbeach
· Completion of Remembrance Drive works and traffic switch implementation re-opening to through traffic to Aubrey Street.
· 240 metres of corridor handed over to the rail team for track laying.
· All underground services relocations and installations completed in the Broadbeach South Station site.
· Piling works along the Nerang River tributary opposite Jupiter’s Casino are now complete.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 02:12 AM   #1312
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Good pictures.

I can already imagine the screaming headlines there will be the first time a car and a tram have an accident.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:04 PM   #1313
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Good pictures.

I can already imagine the screaming headlines there will be the first time a car and a tram have an accident.
Yeah, because cars never crash.

I imagine we will get Don Magin and the other local turkeys calling for the supporters to be prosecuted for indirectly causing any deaths.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 06:30 AM   #1314
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A letter to the editor, Gold Coast Bulletin, Friday 21 December:

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What a joke the transport system is on the Gold Coast, at 8.10pm I can not get a bus from Helensvale to Surfers at least until after 9, and then only to Southport.
At least with light rail, it's clear to know where the tram is and with a degree of certainty when it will arrive.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 12:53 AM   #1315
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Computer says no. There is a 715 due out of Helensvale at 8:15 and 8:39. If people are too stupid to get on one of those and transfer at Southport then they are too stupid to be let out of the house.

Even if there wasn't a bus, most people's position seems to be that there would be no point putting them on because all PT is rubbish.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 02:24 AM   #1316
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Yes, there was at least those two services between 8pm and 9pm, I wonder where they were standing, clearly not at the train station. Sure, some services don't arrive, but for all in an hour not to arrive is quite a stretch.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 10:34 PM   #1317
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^ Put it this way - he is going to find it very challenging to find a bus that will take him from Helensvale to Surfers after 2014.
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Old December 26th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #1318
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Easily the most exciting thing to happen to the GC ever. I'm so happy that south east Queensland will have a light rail system. Hopefully this will give BCC councillors ideas for Brisbane.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 01:54 PM   #1319
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Made it back to the GC this last weekend and on Monday I took the 700 from Coolangatta to Surfers.

Took just on an hour. My hope is some day light rail will make that faster, but I'm not holding my breath.

As for the light rail I had a sticky beak at the construction. Should be interesting once all the other details get started - new streetscapes etc.

Anyone seen any evidence of that happening yet? All the stuff that goes with the light rail that isn't the rail line itself?

Btw, the traffic was a mess around Surfers. I hope that's temporary.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 02:01 PM   #1320
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Does Translink publish a full Gold Coast transport system map? Only map I can find is a highway service one.
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