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LIGHT rail stage two is on track to take its first passengers in the next six months, with mostly fine weather allowing construction to power ahead.
All three station structures are in place for the 7.3km extension, with the distinctive orange canopies being installed this week.
The light rail station at Arundel. Photo by Richard GoslingAfter starting in March, track construction is 90 per cent complete with workers finishing off rail welding and placing sections of the rocky ballast between the stations.
Gold Coast light rail stage two time lapse
A train-wheeled truck can be seen spreading the ballast along the track, followed by a “tamper” machine which pushes steel claws deep into the rocks to lock them into place.
Photos of stage 2 of the light rail at Parkwood. Photo by Richard GoslingThe tracks and their line markings have snaked their way across most of the key suburban intersections, and are making their way out of the tunnel at Gold Coast University Hospital.
Works to install overhead line equipment are continuing with tram testing to commence in coming months ahead of the system opening in early 2018.
The light rail track emerges from the Gold Coast University Hospital station at Parkwood. Photo by Richard GoslingGroundwork for two additional stations has been built, including utilities and other infrastructure to allow new platforms to be easily plugged in when demand requires.
A new 1000-space carpark at Parkwood station is well under way and 400 spaces will be created at Helensvale station.
The light rail station at Helensvale. Photo by Richard GoslingThat station terminal continues to grow across the tracks from the heavy rail building, which will be linked to the new system with an overpass.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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