Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $7 million dollar pledge to jointly fund the business case for the next stage of the Gold Coast light rail alongside Gold Coast City Council.

This pledge also includes a study to prioritise rapid transit solutions on the east-west corridors from Broadbeach to Robina and Nerang as part of an overall investigation into future light rail and bus connections.

Bringing the light rail to Robina is a crucial step in progressing the Gold Coast transport network as it will connect major Gold Coast infrastructure including Bond UniversityCbus Super StadiumRobina City Parklands and Robina Town Centre.

Robina Train Station connects directly to Brisbane CBD and both Brisbane International and Domestic airports, with trains running every half hour, many express to the CBD.  Connecting the major station and bus interchange with a light rail link to Broadbeach and eventually, Gold Coast International Airport, will become critical especially with the forecast unprecedented population growth for Australia’s sixth-largest city.

Premier Palaszczuk says the business case will support the next critical steps needed to push major transport investments on the Gold Coast forward.

“This is about building a pipeline of projects that can continue to support and create jobs, boost our economy and improve transport for locals, particularly those living on the southern end of the Gold Coast.”

City Transport Strategy overview

The City Transport Strategy 2031 proposes further extensions to the Gold Coast Light Rail including:

  • Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta via Gold Coast Airport
  • Nobby Beach to Robina
  • Broadbeach to Nerang
  • Surfers to Bundall
  • Gold Coast University Hospital to Biggera Waters

Subject to agreement by the New South Wales Government, an extension of Stage 3 into Tweed Heads could be possible.

The recent investment announcement by the Palaszczuk Government will see this strategy move one step closer towards realisation.