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EXTENSIONS to the Gold Coast light-rail project and three park-and-ride facilities are on the State Government agenda, despite earlier reports that they wouldn't be completed until 2021.
A Government-led industry briefing in Brisbane yesterday to outline various transport projects revealed extensions of the light-rail route at Helensvale, Coolangatta and east to Robina could be fast-tracked ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Establishing park-and-ride facilities at Molendinar, Helensvale and Merrimac will also be looked into as a top priority.
Other key transport projects that will be fast-tracked because of the Games include adding lanes to Smith St Motorway and the Burleigh Connection Rd, bus lanes in Nerang Broadbeach Rd and T2 and cycles lanes for the Gold Coast Highway, plus improving access to Gold Coast Airport.
The briefing comes just four weeks after the State Government announced the final stage of the light-rail project would not start until 2021.
The extension of the heavy-rail line was expected by 2031.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman confirmed it was looking for companies to be involved in the studies, and tender documents would be advertised by the State Government this week.
"There is massive interest in Commonwealth Games and the economic benefits it will generate for the Gold Coast with transport projects like the Gold Coast light rail," the spokesman said.
About 150 people attended a Transport and Main Roads briefing, which drew criticism for being staged in Brisbane.
Some companies at the briefing were from the Gold Coast, including Yeats.
Director Brandon Yeats said yesterday he hoped local firms would be given priority on the projects.
"I don't think it was a good start that the meeting was in Brisbane," he said.
"It is a Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
"So we need to ensure the Gold Coast is a part of it."
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Mark Stockwell applauded Transport and Main Roads for "getting on with the work".
"The Commonwealth Games is a real focus for people to get things moving," he said.
"This stuff is just happening without me needed to get involved."
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