Gold Coasters choose their next light rail stop

27 July 2017

The light rail will head for Burleigh Heads, arriving at a new station adjacent Justins Park.                                  

Mayor Tom Tate and Divisional Councillor Pauline Young today released findings from a recent city survey, which asked residents what station location they preferred for the next stage of light rail.

“The people have spoken with 63 percent choosing the station on the Gold Coast Highway, opposite Justins Park,’’ said Mayor Tate.

“Two station options were put out for comment – this one and a station located near the library in Park Avenue. Only 23 percent favoured the Park Avenue option.’’

Cr Young said Burleigh locals were passionate about retaining their village atmosphere but also saw the merit in the light rail system.

“Getting cars off the roads, providing a greater choice of public transport and offering a seamless connection from here all the way to Helensvale … these are all the positives of light rail,’’ she said.

“In 2015, a citywide survey of residents confirmed people want the light rail route to extend all the way to the airport so Burleigh is the obvious next stop in that journey.

“The most encouraging result was the high level of interest and support for the proposed extension.  A lot of people just told us ‘get on with it’.’’

Survey results from the City Panel showed:

  • Public consultation was undertaken on the 7 kilometre light rail Stage 3A from Broadbeach South to Burleigh heads from 4 June to 7 July 2017;
  • 660 people attended listening posts to hear about the project and give direct feedback;
  • The extension to Burleigh Heads means passengers will be connected to all attractions on the northern Gold Coast and through to Brisbane;
  • 2,144 surveys were lodged, mostly through gchaveyoursay.com.au;
  • There were 39,540 social media reaches (71 percent positive).
  • Option A on the Gold Coast Highway         63 percent support
  • Option B in Park Avenue                            26 percent support
  • 71 percent of survey respondents said they would likely use light rail if extended to Burleigh.

“This feedback will help our business case and guide future detailed design,’’ said Mayor Tate.

“We have budgeted to start reference design works on the specific route. That will be our focus throughout 2017-18.

“I’m confident the light rail construction will be underway late in 2019 or early 2020.’’

PICTURED: Councillor Pauline Young with Director of City Infrastructure Alton Twine

Gold Coasters choose their next light rail stop photo