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Bus stop switch for light rail work to progress through Surfers Paradise

To accommodate the construction of the Gold Coast light rail project bus services along Surfers Paradise Boulevard have been re-routed to the Gold Coast Highway.

Surfers Paradise Alliance Wayfinder volunteers and GoldLinQ team members will be on the ground in the boulevard to help bus travellers find their way to alternative stops during the transition period.

The switch will occur Monday, 14 May 2012, and signage will direct locals and tourists alike to the alternative stops.

GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford said six pairs of bus stops on Surfers Paradise Boulevard have been closed and bus travellers would be directed to use 10 existing stops on the Gold Coast Highway, one block west.

Additionally, he said GoldLinQ had created five new bus stops including one on Peninsular Drive, two on the Gold Coast Highway immediately south of Macintosh Island and two on the corner of Breaker Street and Pacific Street.

“This is a permanent change implemented by TransLink to accommodate GoldLinQ construction works throughout the precinct on the Gold Coast light rail system,” Mr Mumford said.

“From mid-2014 locals and tourists will be able to board a tram at five stops along the Surfers Paradise Boulevard to travel north or south and buses from east to west.

“This is another step ahead in the construction of Queensland’s first light rail project which will cater for up to 75,000 passengers each day.”

Mr Mumford said Gold Coasters would begin to see more visible works on the ground throughout the light rail corridor.

“In coming months we will install foundational works for track laying and stations and in the middle of the year we will lay the first sections of track in Southport,” he said.