The Queensland Government’s call for expressions of interest on stage two of the Gold Coast light rail today is an important step towards having the project up and running in time for the Commonwealth Games, Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) CEO Margy Osmond said today.
“Industry has lobbied heavily for the extension to be built in time for the Commonwealth Games, and we are very pleased to see the Queensland Government has moved on this,” Ms Osmond said.
“Extending the light rail from the Gold Coast University Hospital to connect with heavy rail at Helensvale will provide a rail/light rail link between Brisbane and Surfers Paradise.
“This will make it easier to get between the two cities, and deliver an enhanced experience for locals and visitors who are in town for the Commonwealth Games.
“By committing to this project now, the Government can make sure it is finished in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
“Stage one of the light rail has proved to be an outstanding success, having been embraced by both locals and visitors.
“With the world’s eyes on Queensland in 2018, it would be fantastic to have stage two up and running in time for this major international sporting event.
“However, we are quickly running out of time.
“We really need funding certainty from the State and Commonwealth Governments so we can get moving as soon as possible.
“With tourism such a significant part of the Gold Coast’s economy, it’s vital we invest in the infrastructure to support the industry’s growth,” she said.