A tram or light rail vehicle can come in many shapes and sizes. Bombardier Transportation is the supplier for the Gold Coast’s new fleet of BOMBARDIER FLEXITY 2 trams. The Flexity 2 has been designed by Queenslanders, for Queenslanders, specifically for the Gold Coast.
It will have air conditioning throughout, dedicated spaces for wheelchairs and prams, seats, standing room, information on where it is stopping and the next stop displayed to passengers. The internal layout will also provide provision for surf boards. Each tram is made up of seven modules with a driving cab at each end. It will be 43.5 metres long and has been designed to make it easy to access and travel in. Inside there will be room to carry 309 passengers per tram, 80 seated and 229 standing.
The light rail vehicle is powered by electricity, which it draws from the overhead lines. The driver controls the vehicle’s speed and braking as the light rail vehicle is steered along its path by rails, in the same way that trains are on train tracks.
The light rail system will run along its own dedicated corridor and not on the road with other vehicles. This will help to improve the speed and reliability of the service leading to better journey times. It will also be safer than a tramway as the number of interactions with other vehicles will be significantly reduced. The light rail will use the current road traffic signal system.
The tram has the capacity to travel at 70km/hr but taking into consideration the stopping and starting along the route, for stations and junctions, the average speed along the journey will be 23km/hr.
The first tram is scheduled to arrive on the Gold Coast in June 2013 and testing and commissioning will commence in July 2013.
Stage One of the Gold Coast light rail system will travel a 13-kilometre dedicated route, stopping at 16 stations using 14 light rail vehicles (trams). Operations are scheduled to commence in 2014.
The 16 stations are:
- Gold Coast University Hospital
- Griffith University
- Queen Street
- Gold Coast Hospital
- Southport South
- Broadwater Parklands
- Main Beach
- Surfers Paradise North
- Cypress Avenue
- Cavill Avenue
- Surfers Paradise
- Florida Gardens
- Broadbeach North
- Broadbeach South
The Gold Coast University Hospital and Broadbeach South will be the two termini stations. Termini stations are stations that are situated at the end of a route.
At all of the 16 stations you can expect to find:
- A shelter, for protection from the weather.
- Passenger information displays, to show when the next tram will arrive.
- Information for your journey, such as local maps and the tram route map.
- Help buttons, so you can speak to our control room staff if you need further help/information regarding your journey.
- Ticket machines to purchase your ticket and to ‘top-up’ your go card. Ticketing will remain under TransLink’s management similar to other public transport modes in south-east Queensland. For information on the go card ticketing system please refer to the TransLink website.
- Ticket validators to activate your ticket. Simply touch on at the start of your journey and touch off at the end of your journey. Your fare is automatically deducted from your card.
- Station signage; including the station name and wayfinding signage to points of interest.
- CCTV which will be monitored by our control centre.
- Benches to sit on.
Some of GoldLinQ’s stations will also have:
- Bus connections
- Kiosks for retailing
- Bicycle storage
- Taxi interchange
- Lifts and escalators
- Retail vending facilities
See below an artist’s impression of our stations and trams.
- 9 April 2014 14:07