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Old March 3rd, 2015, 06:51 AM   #101
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Thank you very much for your answers Surfrail. I know the place where tram depot situates, but I want to know the name of the place, not the location, can you tell me? What is the name of the tram depot? E.g. - Southbank, Kew etc. like Melbourne......
I believe it is in Parkwood. But I am from Melbourne so I am not familiar with the Gold Coast.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 12:37 AM   #102
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Ok, Southport tram depot. thanks surfrail.
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Old August 6th, 2015, 02:30 PM   #104
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Tendering set to start for Gold Coast LRT Phase 2
Thursday, August 06, 2015



QUEENSLAND's deputy premier and minister for transport Ms Jackie Trad announced on August 6 that expressions of interest for the second phase of the Gold Coast light rail network will open on August 10 as the state and the city push to complete the project in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

The project will extend the line 7.3km from its current northern terminus at Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) along the Smith Street Motorway to serve Parkwood before turning north to follow Queensland Rail's Varsity Lakes - Bowen Hills heavy rail line to an interchange at Helensvale station

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Old November 25th, 2015, 03:31 PM   #106
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Gold Coast tram option exercised
25 Nov 2015



AUSTRALIA: Bombardier Transportation is to supply four additional Flexity trams to the Gold Coast under a A$25m contract announced on November 25.

The order forms an option that was part of the original contract signed in 2011 between the Queensland government and the GoldlinQ consortium of KDR Gold Coast, McConnell Dowell Constructors, Bombardier Transportation and Plenary Group. This included the supply of 14 trams

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Old January 5th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #108
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Three bids for Gold Coast light rail Stage 2
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THE Queensland state government says construction of Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail line has moved a step closer with three previously shortlisted bidders submitting offers to the GoldLinQ consortium for construction of the extension

The 7.3km second stage will extend the line from its current northern terminus at Gold Coast University Hospital along the Smith Street Motorway to serve Parkwood before turning north to follow Queensland Rail's Varsity Lakes - Bowen Hills heavy-rail line to an interchange at Helensvale station

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Work to begin on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two
MARCH 18, 2016 9:59 AM

The Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two project is well on track with CPB Contractors announced as the preferred contractor to design and build the 7.3 kilometre extension in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe today announced the project will cost $420 million, with the Queensland Government investing $270 million to deliver the project

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Gold Coast Council community consultation backs southern coastal light rail airport link
May 11, 2016 10:47pm



THE light rail will travel to Burleigh Heads and along the coast to Gold Coast Airport under a plan to be ticked off today.

A public consultation report on stage three of the rapid transit system will go before the council’s city infrastructure committee this morning and councillors are expected to endorse the 20.5km, $1.54 billion coastal link as the preferred tram route

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Gold Coast light rail Stage 2 work starts
05 Aug 2016



AUSTRALIA: Main work on Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail line begun on August 5 with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Queensland Minister for Transport & the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe, federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

The northern extension will run from Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale, where interchange would be provided with Queensland Rail services. The 7·3 km route would have intermediate stops at Parkwood East and Parkwood, with 1 000 park-and-ride spaces at Parkwood and 400 at Helensvale

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Plans for light rail ready to roll as council prepares to open tenders in November

PLANNING for the third stage of the city’s light rail network is about to become serious, with the council preparing to call design and engineering tenders[...]
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Gold Coast light rail has raised the city’s total land value by $300 million

PROPERTY industry and city leaders have declared the Gold Coast light rail a success, with new research showing land values along the tram route have spiked by around $300 million[...]
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Here is something out of leftfield. The New South Wales government is funding a feasibility study about extending the Gold Coast Light Rail to Tweed Heads or possibly even Byron Bay. While I can understand an extension of a few of kilometres from Coolongatta to Tweed Heads, it is a laughable for a light rail system to be extended over 70km, all the way to Byron Bay.

It is obviously a political play to appease the vocal transport advocates in Byron Bay, who have their own ludicrous ideas with a local Solar Powered Train idea. Solar Powered Trains for Byron Bay article

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The NSW Government is funding a multi-million study looking at extending the Gold Coast light rail network south into the Tweed, and possibly as far as Byron Bay.

But the announcement has been met with skepticism by NSW Labor’s shadow minister for the North Coast Walt Secord, who said few people doubted it would ever happen.

Nevertheless, Tweed MP Geoff Provest said he would meet Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to discuss the link-up but pointed out that interstate negotiations had been ongoing since last year when the Gold Coast City council endorsed plans to take trams to the border.

The Tweed Shire Council has also backed the proposal, with Deputy Mayor Chris Cherry and councillor Warren Pol*glase telling Gold Coast media that there was strong political support for the light rail to stretch south of the border.

Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has also thrown his support behind the idea saying a million visitors could visit Byron without their cars.

Mr Secord said however that he was skeptical.

‘In principle, I welcome the funding of a study on the possibility of extending the Gold Coast light rail project from the Queensland border down to Byron Bay, but it is like all National Party promises,’ Mr Secord said.

‘It is just a promise and very few people believe it will actually happen.

‘I will give Geoff Provest the benefit of the doubt this time … if he gets a light rail track constructed from the Gold Coast down to Byron Bay, I will be the first person to shake his hand and congratulate him.

‘The Nationals and Tweed MP Geoff Provest have a dreadful track record when it actually comes to delivery. They promise big and deliver very little.

‘The North Coast is littered with broken promises. Geoff Provest promised to increase police numbers; upgrade the Tweed Hospital; a high school for Pottsville and a homeless centre for the region – and in all cases, nothing has happened.

‘Deep down in my heart I want to believe Geoff Provest will deliver the promise, but his track record says otherwise.’

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cross-post to Australia forum showing recently opened light rail extension to Helensvale

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5 am at the GCUH Station

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 01 - GCUH 0508 by Mark I, on Flickr

First Tram pulls into the station

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 02 - GCUH 0508 by Mark I, on Flickr

5.29, first run from Helensvale

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 03 - Helensvale 0529 by Mark I, on Flickr


17-12-17 Helensvale LR 04 - Helensvale 0529 by Mark I, on Flickr


17-12-17 Helensvale LR 05 - Helensvale 0529 by Mark I, on Flickr

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Helensvale trams from the stairs

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 11 - Helensvale 0529 by Mark I, on Flickr

Platform 4

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 10 - Helensvale 0605 by Mark I, on Flickr

Parkwood

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 12 - Parkwood by Mark I, on Flickr


17-12-17 Helensvale LR 14 - Parkwood by Mark I, on Flickr

Footbridge across Smith Street at Parkwood, to access the Park and Ride on the other side

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 20 - Footbridge by Mark I, on Flickr

Parkwood East. This station and the surrounds are great, however there really should be a crossing, bridge or tunnel, across Smith Street 'motorway'.
Not just for pedestrians and tram users but also to connect the cycle track with Molendinar to the south.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 13 - Parkwood East by Mark I, on Flickr

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Looking south from Helensvale.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 24 - Trackwork by Mark I, on Flickr

Track work just south of Helensvale, it would have been pretty difficult to do this if the trains were running.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 23 - Trackwork by Mark I, on Flickr

Track to Nowhere

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 21 - Track To Nowhere by Mark I, on Flickr

The original extension, done in anticipation of a stage 2 route along Olsen Ave. Its not a waste, it can be used to hold trams.
This bit of track could also make a future extension to Harbourtown much easier.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 22 - Harbourtown by Mark I, on Flickr

New parkland and landscaping at Parkwood East

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 25 - Parkwood East by Mark I, on Flickr


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There was the opening ceremony at 10.00 am. Neither the Premier nor the tram riding Prime Minister turned up, not that they were expected.

But the usual suspects were all there, all patting each other on the back, happy the project was delivered early.

Phil Mumford, he lead the speakers

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 31 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

Jackie Trad, Minister for transport etc

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 32 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

Mark Bailey, a bit more casually looking

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 33 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

Tom Tate, the mayor just had to be there despite being a little unwell lately.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 34 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

Steven Ciobo, Federal Member for Moncrieff

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 35 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

Meaghan Scanlon, new member for Gaven

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 36 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

John Witheriff and various others connected with GoldLinQ

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 37 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr


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The surfboards after they were tagged by the dignitaries.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 38 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

When the Radio station vans turn up, everyone expects more freebies.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 40 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

There was 'Westfield' water, plus Glink bags, that came with a useful fan and pen, and with vaierty of brochures. Also had free popcorn and hot dogs.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 42 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

After the speeches, surfboard signing and interviews, the dignitaries boarded the tram for a short ride

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 43 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

No trains running, and the tram was disrupted by all the dignitaries.

17-12-17 Helensvale LR 41 - Opening by Mark I, on Flickr

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