Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A – Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads

The Gold Coast is Australia’s largest non-capital city and the second largest city in Queensland, with its population forecast to increase by 61 per cent to 928,000 in 2041. The provision of high-capacity public transport will allow the Gold Coast to accommodate forecast growth while preserving the attractiveness and liveability of the southern Gold Coast.

The identified corridor surrounding Stage 3A of the Gold Coast Light Rail is planned to accommodate a significant portion of the city’s future residents, dwellings and jobs through urban renewal and economic development. Better public transport services in this growth area will reduce car dependency and traffic congestion.

Building Queensland led the development of the detailed business case in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The detailed business case investigated the extension of light rail to Burleigh Heads (Stage 3A) involves approximately 6.7 kilometres of dedicated dual light rail track from Broadbeach South station to Burleigh Heads including:

  • light rail tracks running in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway to Burleigh Heads
  • eight new light rail stations
  • five new light rail vehicles and an upgrade to the existing depot facilities
  • a light rail–bus interchange at Burleigh Heads
  • supporting works and improvements, including signalised traffic intersections and upgrades, new signalised pedestrian crossings and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities.

The detailed business case was completed in Q4 2018 and presented to the Queensland Government for consideration.

View a summary of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A Detailed Business Case, including cost benefit analysis.

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