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GOLD Coast Mayoral hopeful Keith Douglas wants a heavy rail train to link with the light rail in Southport, providing travellers with a seamless entry into the city.
The candidate, who revealed his plans yesterday as the debate surrounding the light rail reached boiling point, said the train would cruise underground to Southport from Helensvale and connect to the airport.
He would also like to see that station send out another train to Gold Coast Airport, making Southport a "true CBD".
The proposal would cost between $200 million and $400 million and be funded through the commercial use of public land, said Mr Douglas.
"I would like to see this brought in to accommodate the real luxury traveller as well as service a CBD," he said.
"By joining the dots we could see a city centre at Southport, we could see 50,000 to 70,000 jobs created.
"This will be a gift to the light rail.
"This is critical infrastructure for the Gold Coast."
This article first appeared on www.goldcoast.com.au
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