Working around light rail

Light rail tram hazard signIf you’re working on or near areas of light rail construction or maintenance, it’s vital to be aware of the restrictions and requirements in place.

Anyone undertaking works or activities in or around light rail, or who has the potential to impact the light rail program of activities, may be subject to certain authorisation or coordination requirements.

This is primarily for safety purposes due to the presence of:

  • electrified overhead power lines and poles
  • traction power substations
  • moving trams and other vehicles.

Appropriate coordination will ensure your works or activities can occur without conflicting with light rail construction, traffic management or other operational activities.

Hazard zones (no-go areas)

To ensure the safety of anyone working on or near the light rail system, hazard zones have been established.

Light rail overhead wires are approximately 5.8 metres above road level and are supported by approximately 8.5 metre high poles. The hazard zone is considered to be more than three metres above ground level, either side of the track and below ground level. Once the light rail and overhead lines have been powered up, any works around or within the light rail hazard zone will need to be authorised.

Anyone working around light rail must consider their requirements under the legislation (this is an indicative list only):

  • Work Health and Safety Act 
  • Electrical Safety Act
  • Electrical Safety Code of Practice 2010 for Working Near Overhead and Underground Electric Lines

For more information regarding the hazard zone and other safety matters, contact GoldLinQ on 1800 967 377.

Maps of roads affected by light rail

To determine whether your proposed works or activities may be affected by light rail, refer to the maps below. 

All roads marked in red and pink are affected.

Red roads specifically indicate the light rail route and construction areas. Red does not represent the hazard zone; however, the hazard zone is generally contained within the red roads. Refer to ‘Hazard zone’ above for more details.

Please note that these maps are intended to indicate areas potentially affected by light rail and should not be used for any other purpose.

Works or activities requiring assessment by City of Gold Coast

For all works or activities that would normally require assessment by City of Gold Coast, and are on roads affected by light rail, be aware that:

  • depending on the location and scope of works, you may be requested to consult with GoldLinQ in order to coordinate the works (i.e. by way of advice/conditions in your approval), and/or
  • your works may be subject to specific light rail conditions (including but not limited to: acceptable timing of works and safety protocols).

The above may apply to applications relating to works or activities that have the potential to affect the light rail hazard zone or light rail construction or operations. This includes (but is not limited to) filming, advertising, public utility plant/service authority works, development applications, temporary road and footpath closures, special events and building relocations.

Works or activities which do not require City of Gold Coast assessment

Works or activities that do not normally require assessment by City of Gold Coast, but are to be carried out within or around the light rail hazard zone, must be authorised by KDR (GoldLinQ’s light rail Operator). Refer to ‘Hazard zone’ above for details. To gain approval for works in the area contact KDR on 1800 967 377.

Activities outside the hazard zone that may potentially impact the hazard zone can include: external building work, diversion of pedestrians into the hazard zone, use of cranes, forklifts and other machinery that may come into contact with the hazard zone and overhead lines.

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