Transport is critical to the success of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), and so a GC2018 Draft Transport Operations Plan has been created detailing how transport will operate during Games time for the Gold Coast and other event cities. For more information about transport plans visit the City of Gold Coast website.
Light rail project
The Gold Coast $1.6 billion light rail project is the biggest transportation infrastructure project to be undertaken on the Gold Coast. The light rail has been constructed along the highest-density corridor in South East Queensland, providing residents and visitors a world-class transportation system.
The light rail runs from Griffith University and the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, through the Southport medical precinct and the city’s growing residential and commercial centres in Southport, to the city’s tourism and cultural centres of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.
The light rail connects key health, knowledge, business and cultural precincts on the Gold Coast, offering greater mobility and transportation choice between these areas. With the greater density along the corridor and easy access to key precincts, investment opportunities exist for residential and commercial real estate.
Stage one of the light rail is a vital connection in the Gold Coast’s public transportation network, and was completed mid-2014. It connects 16 stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to the Gold Coast University Hospital, with bus interchanges at Broadbeach and Southport stations.
Stage two is critical leading up to the Commonwealth Games and will connect the existing light rail system at Southport to heavy rail at the Helensvale Station. The transport investment will continue to increase surrounding land values and provide connectivity to Brisbane.