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GCLR Stage 2 – Linking light rail to Helensvale

Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail is a 7.3 kilometre light rail link between Parkwood and Helensvale.

This extension will provide a seamless connection with heavy rail, providing a world-class integrated public transport solution for residents and visitors. It will provide a one-transfer journey between the CBDs of Queensland’s two largest cities – Gold Coast and Brisbane.

In August 2015 the Queensland Government announced a preferred route for Stage 2 running from Helensvale heavy rail station adjacent to the Gold Coast Line, then adjacent to the Smith Street Motorway to connect with Stage 1 at the Gold Coast University Hospital light rail station.

GoldLinQ conducted a procurement process for Stage 2 and in March 2016 CPB Contractors was announced as the preferred design and construction partner with contracts finalised in April ahead of major construction, which commenced in July.

The $420 million project will be delivered with a $270 million contribution from the Queensland Government, $95 million from the Australian Government and up to $55 million from the City of Gold Coast.

Napper Road and Smith Street, Parkwood


This weekend, lengths of rail will be placed within the previously installed concrete slabs crossing Napper Road, Parkwood, at the Smith Street intersection.  Napper Road will be closed to traffic near the Smith Street intersection and a detour will be in place.  Please seek an alternative route.

Access for through traffic on Smith Street between the M1 and Smith Street Motorway will be maintained.

Olsen Avenue, Parklands Drive and Wintergreen Drive, Parkwood

Work will continue at the Olsen Avenue and Wintergreen Drive intersection weeknights from 8.00pm to 5.00am until Friday 31 March 2017, weather permitting.

This intersection work will be carried out over a number of stages, for more information click here. 

For detailed information on bus service changes during intersection works
click here.


Community Fund

Coast Light Rail Stage 2 project is offering funding to charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide health, environment, education or community services in the Parkwood area.

Grants of up to $10,000 per organisation (from a total funding pool of $25,000) are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations.


Stage 2 is:


A 7.3 kilometre connection from heavy rail to light rail.

An 11 minute trip from Helensvale station to Gold Coast University Hospital station.

Convenient for commuters with two park ‘n’ ride facilities, providing an additional 400 parks at Helensvale station and 1000 parks at Parkwood station.

Linking the Gold Coast and Brisbane by rail like never before.

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