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As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, it represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination.

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G:link light rail - Stages 1 and 2

As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, the Gold Coast Light Rail project represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination.

Find useful links to G:link timetables, tickets and fares below.

G:link tram

Source: Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 1

The Gold Coast Light Rail is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country, and the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. This light rail system is designed to be delivered in stages to respond to the city’s growth. 

Stage 1 of the project was delivered as a public-private partnership between the Queensland Government, the City, the Australian Government and GoldLinQ, with the City providing a financial contribution of $120 million.

The Gold Coast Transport Strategy 2031

Click to enlargeStage 1 and Stage 2 alignment map

Stage 1 and Stage 2 alignment map

As one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, the city’s roads will become more and more congested each year unless concerted action is taken. The light rail master plan embodied in the Gold Coast Transport Strategy 2031 aims to keep ahead of congestion while ensuring the city’s great lifestyle is maintained.

In March 2013, the City launched a transport vision to support the Gold Coast in maturing into a world-class city. This vision and supporting strategy recognises the City’s increasing travel demands as a result of our rapid population growth.

The strategy outlines the need for a world-class public transport system that is underpinned by an extensive light rail network across the City’s major transport corridors to connect people to places. The City continues to partner with the State and Commonwealth Governments to improve safety and reduce congestion on the city’s roads through the delivery of a light rail network.

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the light rail runs from the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) to Broadbeach South. Fast, frequent trams connect 16 light rail stations along a 13-kilometre route. Since commencement of the system in July 2014 the light rail has:

  • carried over 21,000 passengers each day
  • made over 21 million trips in less than three years
  • reduced vehicle traffic by 21 per cent on the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach
  • contributed to Gold Coast public transport growth of 23 per cent between 2013 to 2014 and 2015 to 2016.

Residents and visitors can ride the G:link to some of the Gold Coast's major destinations including Griffith University, Southport CBD, Broadwater Parklands and the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Pacific Fair.

Stage 2 Extension to Helensvale

Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail established a light rail-heavy rail connection through a 7.3-kilometre extension from the existing northern terminus at Gold Coast University Hospital to the regional passenger rail network at Helensvale Station. The Stage 2 extension includes three new stations, two park 'n' ride facilities and four new trams.

The Stage 2 extension was delivered as a public-private partnership between the Queensland Government, the Australian Government, the City of Gold Coast and the existing operator GoldLinQ. It opened in December 2017 in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Future stages of Light Rail

City Transport Strategy 2031 proposes further extensions of the Gold Coast Light Rail once Stage 3 to Coolangatta is completed. These will include, but are not limited to:

  • Nobby Beach to Robina
  • Broadbeach to Nerang
  • Surfers to Bundall
  • Gold Coast University Hospital to Biggera Waters.

See G:link light rail& - Stage 3A for more information about the extension to Burleigh Heads.


Light Rail reports

The following reports have been prepared to outline the construction pre-feasibility and future city building opportunities created through the expansion of light rail along three corridors identified within the City Transport Strategy. Executive summaries of the reports are available below.

Light Rail Southern Gold Coast consultation summary report

The City of Gold Coast conducted a public consultation to determine the future planning for the Light Rail Southern Gold Coast.

Download the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report

Building our city - Light rail corridor

The report will help the City target and manage future growth along the route, measuring the community, economic and environmental impacts of light rail on local communities.

Download the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report

Gold Coast high capacity public transport corridor studies

This report outlines the need and purpose of high capacity public transport (light rail) on the Gold Coast.

Download the Purpose and needs paper - Executive summary - 3 June 2015

This report investigates the pre-feasibility of route options for three corridors identified within the City Transport Strategy for future high capacity public transport (light rail).

Download the Refined options report - Executive summary - 28 October 2015


More information

TransLink

Please visit TransLink or call 13 12 30 to:

G:link

Please visit G:link or phone 1800 064 928 to find out about:

You can also download the G:link app for Android and/or Apple devices. If you're working in or around the light rail see our Working around light rail page for more information.

Staying informed on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is leading the Detailed Business Case for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A. For updates on the project, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

GoldLinQ

For information on the Light Rail project construction, testing and traffic diversions visit GoldLinQ or phone 1800 967 377.

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