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Extending trains from Varsity Lakes to the Gold Coast Airport instead of the light rail is the biggest factor in the coronavirus-interrupted 2020 Gold Coast election campaigns.
All eight mayoral candidates want the Queensland government to run heavy rail from Varsity Lakes to the Gold Coast Airport at Tugun/Coolangatta.
However, only incumbent Tom Tate insists the light rail should run down the coast to the airport, supporting the parallel inland heavy rail.
The Gold Coast light rail has attracted 31 million passengers since 2014, according to G-Link, the company running the light rail link.
Cr Tate is also the lone mayoral candidate supporting a cruise ship terminal at Southport.
There are eight mayoral candidates in Queensland’s second-biggest city, with a budget of almost $1.8 billion.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate standing in front of the light rail network at Southport.CREDIT:GLENN HUNT
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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