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MAJOR construction of the $709 million Broadbeach to Burleigh tramline is imminent after the project’s contractor was revealed.
John Holland has been put forward to build the 6.6km light rail stage 3, including eight stations, while Keolis Downer will manage the system as part of GoldinQ’s consortium.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the contract included 760 jobs.
“This next stage of the hugely successful Gold Coast Light Rail project means further achievements for both of those important goals - creating more employment and also connecting the southern Gold Coast to the rest of the line and getting more people onto public transport into the future,” she said.
“Light rail on the Gold Coast is already a key local employer, supporting about 800 operational jobs, and the extension to Burleigh is expected to support more than 760 construction jobs.”
The announcement puts the project on-track for completion by 2023, leaving the coastal spine of the system to run 27km from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads with 27 stations serviced by 23 trams.
Early works have been underway for several months, with the first resumptions performed in August to demolish the old Caltex service station at Burleigh.
Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 artist impressionTransport Minister Mark Bailey said locking in the contract was a critical step towards boosting employment in the construction sector.
“We have seen more than 50 million trips taken on light rail since it first opened, which shows just how hungry Gold Coasters and visitors to the city are for better public transport,” he said.
“For businesses and people on the Gold Coast that means building that all-important light rail connection between the city’s north and centre towards the south.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Transport Minister Mark Bailey and QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk are excited about the project’s next step. Picture: Tertius Pickard“We have seen economies not just in Queensland but across the world impacted by the global pandemic, but by locking in the contract to build the next stage of light rail it means crews that are either working on or have worked on other infrastructure projects can move onto this next project.”
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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