Gold Coast update

 
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
Some photos here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gaz170/sets/72157691162178095/

Incidentally, the platforms for the trams are numbered 4 and 5 at Helensvale.  When I asked a staff member about this, they told me the train platforms will be renumbered 2 and 3, and the bus stop will become platform 1.

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  Yappo Train Controller

With contracts signed at the end of March and work about to begin tjhis month on the $1.2B, 6.7km Stage 3  ext to Burleigh Heads there is now a spat taking place between the GC mayor and local LNP member Andrews who now opposes Stage 4 to Coolangatta. Some of the silly & stupid claims that were made about Stage 1 are now being repeated.

McPherson MP Karen Andrews has asked no federal funding be directed to an upcoming stage of light rail in a "backflip" that has earned a rebuke from the Gold Coast's mayor. Ms Andrews said in an open letter to Palm Beach residents she had "deep concerns" about the project, which would result in light rail being extended south from Burleigh Heads along the Gold Coast Highway. "I've not met one local resident who thinks that reducing the Gold Coast Highway to one lane each way to accommodate light rail is a good idea," she said. "With your support, we can stop stage 4 from destroying the southern Gold Coast," she wrote.
ABC





https://youtu.be/jWTGy5UkqBM

https://www.gclr3.com.au/
  Yappo Train Controller

The Guardian has done some research and found out an interesting fact regarding the Minister's opposition to the Stage 4 extension route..
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/17/karen-andrews-seeks-to-block-funding-for-gold-coast-light-rail-that-would-run-past-her-property

RTBU calls for the Fed govt to commit to the extension.

The home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, has sought to block federal funding for a Gold Coast light rail expansion that would run directly past an investment property she co-owns with her husband. Title records obtained by Guardian Australia show Andrews and her husband, Chris, own a unit in a complex on the Gold Coast highway, along the proposed light rail route. Andrews made no mention of the property when announcing her opposition to the light rail extension.
The Guardian
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
You'd think she would be supporting the project, given the higher land value that would result.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
You'd think she would be supporting the project, given the higher land value that would result.
railblogger
Property owners also pay higher rates for the privilege of having a tram service "out the front"
(this Is where the opposition to light rail expansion comes from, mostly from property owners who see no personal value In a tram service and face having to sell up and move somewhere else)
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
You'd think she would be supporting the project, given the higher land value that would result.
Property owners also pay higher rates for the privilege of having a tram service "out the front"
(this Is where the opposition to light rail expansion comes from, mostly from property owners who see no personal value In a tram service and face having to sell up and move somewhere else)
Nightfire

If I live near the beach my property is worth more, even if I have no interest in ever going to the beach or looking at it.

My understanding is a commuter railway or tram line near your property adds value to the property, how much, no idea. So its fair that you contribute to the service through taxation.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Is there any truth in the statement that the Gold Coast Highway will be reduced to one lane in each direction as a result of the light rail expansion? Seems pretty unlikely - haven't been there for years but it's a pretty big road isn't it, surely it wouldn't be left with one lane as a result of the expansion.

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