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THE Gold Coast Light rail has finished its first day running along the completed Stage 2.
The tram system today tested how the system will operate under normal conditions as the rapid transit’s expansion continues.
The famous yellow and blue trams make the 7.3km journey in just 11 minutes, stopping at two stations along the way before terminating at the Helensvale public transport hub.
The trams arrive every 7.5 minutes.
Footage by GoldLinQ and obtained exclusively by the Bulletin shows how the journey will look to passengers before they board the trams next year before the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Earlier the Bulletin revealed tram timetables are about to change as testing on the light rail extension to Helensvale ramps up to the next level.
From today G: Link will start running trams from Helensvale but the carriages will remain passenger-free until the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The light rail line to Helensvale began the next phase of testing today.The new tests are to ensure the upcoming timetable works and to tweak any issues with the line as well as the CCTV, passenger information displays and communication systems.
The trams will run at the same frequency but the time of departure may change slightly.
Goldlinq is warning passengers that even though northbound trams will be labelled with “Helensvale” as their destination, they must depart at the hospital station.
“While testing is underway, the Stage 2 corridor remains a construction zone with live overheard wires, so do not enter the stations or surrounding areas,” a Goldlinq spokesman said.
The light rail line to Helensvale will more into the next phase of testing today.Motorists and pedestrians are also being warned to be careful about the intersections on Olsen Avenue and Napper Road as trams will now be travelling along these lines.
The tram is on track to be open to passengers early next year.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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