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Requests for Tender to design and construct Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail is underway.

On Thursday 6 August 2015 the Queensland Government requested that GoldLinQ initiate the industry engagement to investigate the extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail from Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale (referred to as Stage 2).

Six submissions from leading national and international companies were received during an Expressions of Interest period which closed on Friday 28 August. On Thursday 1 October the following three proponents were shortlisted and a Request for Tender phase is now underway:

- A Joint Venture comprising Downer EDI Works and BMD Constructions (GamesLinQ);
- John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd; and
- Leighton Contractors Pty Limited

The Queensland Government is seeking innovative, competitively priced bids from these consortiums. To read a media release on the shortlist announcement click here.

Requests for Tender will close Wednesday 23 December 2015 with the intention of appointing a preferred contractor in early 2016 to ensure the light rail extension is delivered and operational prior to the Commonwealth Games commencing in April 2018.

The City of Gold Coast has committed up to $55 million in funding while the Commonwealth Government has committed $95 million, capped towards Stage 2.

More information will be released by GoldLinQ to industry and the media as the procurement process progresses.

To view the proposed route for stage two visit:



Over 6.5 million
  trips in THE first year

monthly trips

Over 25% global increase
in gC pt (tram & bus)

over 1 million
tram kilometers run

Stage 2 Overview

The State Government has commenced a process with GoldLinQ for the design and construction of Stage 2 of the GCLR project; a 7.3km northern extension to Helensvale. GoldLinQ is approaching the market to determine whether a value for money solution can be provided to the State of Queensland prior to the opening of the Commonwealth Games in early 2018. Assuming approval to proceed is obtained, it is envisaged that contracts will be finalised with design and construction commencing in early 2016.

The extension will provide a seamless public transport connection heavy rail, providing an important integrated public transport solution for the people of South East Queensland.

Reference Design

The Department of Transport and Main Roads, acting on behalf of the State of Queensland, has prepared a Reference Design for the GCLR Stage 2. The Reference Design alignment travels from the Gold Coast University Hospital west along Smith Street to the heavy rail corridor, continuing north parallel to the rail line to Helensvale Station. The preferred alignment utilises existing road and rail corridors effectively and thereby reduces risk and delivery timeframes.

The Reference Design includes:

  • approximately 7.3 kilometres of dual track light rail alignment
  • three additional light rail stations
  • a new park ‘n’ ride facility at Parkwood
  • expansion of existing park ‘n’ ride facilities at Helensvale heavy rail station
  • An additional 4 light rail vehicles

Local Content

The GoldLinQ consortium has had a commitment to high levels of Local Industry Participation from the beginning of the project. This comes from an understanding of the importance of having local people deliver the GCLR project. The project represents one of the largest infrastructure projects in the South East Queensland region and has committed to develop short-term and long-term employment opportunities for local contractors and industries. This also included direct and indirect local employment the consortium has been involved in partnering programs with local TAFEs and universities to develop internships, work experience and other placement strategies for students.

To date the project has spent $550 million with local businesses for labour and materials with 93% of goods, services and employees procured locally. Local employment commitments has extended into operations with the majority of G:link’s 140 full time staff from the local region.

Details on opportunities to be involved in the Stage 2 project will be provided as the project progresses.  

Stage Two