Construction of the Gold Coast light rail has seen a number of changes to traffic and parking on the Gold Coast.
As track laying is completed and construction fencing is progressively removed ahead of tram testing, it is vital for vehicles to only cross tracks at signals or designated crossings.
Changing driver behaviour prior to tram operations commencing is vital for safety.
Parking across tram tracks is illegal and unsafe. A number of off-street parking alternatives are available across the Gold Coast (see maps).
Penalities apply for illegal parking and should parking on tracks continue, GoldLinQ will be required to re-erect fencing in the interest of public safety. Vehicles parking across tracks risk City of Gold Coast parking fines and may be towed to ensure tracks remain clear.
GoldLinQ encourages local traders to inform their clientelle and staff they are required not to park on tram tracks and to promote parking in the nearby commercial parking facilities shown on the maps below. Delivery drivers should only use loading zones.
For further information, including maps, please see attached construction notice.
On Sunday 10 November 2013 the exit lane from the Gold Coast University Hospital on to Parklands Drive will be closed to allow new escalators to be installed in the underground light rail station. Motorist’s entry into the hospital from Parklands Drive will not be affected.
Detour signs and traffic controllers will guide motorists to exit on to Olsen Avenue. Pedestrian access will be availabe at all times.
For further information please see attached construction notice.
From Monday 30 September GoldlinQ will begin powering up of overhead wires in the Parklands Drive area which will provide electricity to the trams and stations on the light rail system. Look up and see the danger! Once energised the wires carry live electricity and should be treated with caution. This will mean several changes to the way you interact with the light rail corridor.
What to look out for:
Once we’ve powered up, any works around or within the light rail hazard zone will need to be authorised. The hazard zone is considered more than three metres above ground level, either side of the track and below ground level.
To gain approval for works in the area you will need to contact the team on either 1800 967 377 or [email protected]
For more information please see attached construction notice.
Additional east and westbound night time lane closures on the Smith Street Motorway from 8:00pm to 5:00am are required in coming weeks.
For the safety of motorists while parapet walls are painted and work overhead is carried out, partial and full closures will be required at various times.
On Tuesday 21 May 2013, partial closure of the eastbound lane of the Smith Street Motorway between Olsen Avenue and Parklands Drive is required.
On Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May and from Sunday 26 to Thursday 30 May 2013, full closure of the east and westbound lanes of the Smith Street Motorway between Olsen Avenue and Parklands Drive is required. Detours via Parklands Drive and Olsen Avenue will be available.
Occasional single lane closures of the Smith Street Motorway occurring in each direction will continue during the day from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Please see the attached construction notice for further information.
From 6:30pm Thursday 10 January to 5:00am Monday 14 January 2013, the intersection of Parklands Drive and Engineering Drive, Southport, will be partially closed.
Construction crews will work around the clock to prepare the intersection for track laying during the quieter weekend traffic period.
From Monday 10 December 2012, the temporary bus stop on Parklands Drive will be permanently closed.
For routes 3, 707, 709, 738 the nearest alternative bus stop is located on Parklands Drive, 150 metres to the south-east.
Please see the attached construction notice for new bus stop locations and information.
From Sunday 9 December 2012 delivery and erection of bridge spans (girders) will commence for the Smith Street Bridge at Parklands Drive and across the Smith Street Motorway.
Sections of Parklands Drive and the Smith Street Motorway will be closed to traffic from 7:00pm to 5:00am during installation of four bridge spans.
Phase 1 – Up to four nights for erection of two bridge spans at Parklands Drive. Phase 2 – Up to four nights for erection of two bridge spans across the Smith Street Motorway.
For more information please see attached construction notice .