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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed to building three new rail stations on the Gold Coast but the funding schedule for the $120 million project is unclear.
The new stations would only happen if the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project went ahead, and would be delivered after Cross River Rail, meaning the stations would not be built until 2023.
Ms Palaszczuk stood at the Robina railway station with Transport Minister Jackie Trad to announce the three new stations would be built at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Worongary-Merrimac.
“The three new stations will mean more Gold Coast residents can benefit from the 3150 extra peak-hour seats on the Gold Coast line under Cross River Rail, helping to take pressure off the M1 as well,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Each station was expected to cost up to $40 million, but state government funding estimates only reach 2021.
Labor has so far said it had budgeted $3 million in the next financial year for design and planning and $25 million in the 2021 financial year.
Ms Palaszczuk said the full capital funding of the the new stations would be made available to ensure they were completed and operational in time for the first services on Cross River Rail to the Gold Coast in 2023.
Construction work on the stations is expected to start in 2021.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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