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The light rail construction process will involve several stages and work fronts. GoldLinQ will use a combination of communication methods - newspaper advertising, letter box drops and door knocking – including this website to ensure impacted residents, businesses and motorists can prepare, park and move within these key Gold Coast precincts during construction.

  1. GoldLinQ works

    Southport

    Southport - Northbound lane closures on Scarborough Street - Updated 11 February 2014

    From Monday 17 February 2014, the northbound lane of Scarborough Street, Southport will be temporarily closed between Nerang Street and Queen Street while footpath paving, landscape and finishing works occur.

    Northbound closures will be undertaken progressively in two phases (see map):

    • Phase 1 - Northbound closure between Lawson Street and Young Street for approximately two to three weeks.
    • Phase 2 - Northbound traffic is reinstated in the Phase 1 zone and closure will occur between Queen Street and Lawson Street for approximately six weeks.

    Night closures of the southbound lane from Nerang Street to Queen Street will continue from 7pm to 5am Monday to Friday.

    Pedestrian access and local access to driveways and businesses between Nerang Street and Queen Street will be maintained.

    Traffic changes

    • Scarborough Street northbound will be closed in two phases.
    • Scarborough Street southbound will be maintained during weekdays and weekends. Night closures of the southbound lane will continue Monday to Friday from 7pm to 5am.
    • Northbound detours will be via Queen, Garden and Young Streets.
    • Through traffic will be maintained on Lawson and Short Streets.

    What to expect

    • Construction crews will work day and night Monday to Saturday to complete the finishing works.
    • Night works will be required from 6:30pm to 6:30am.
    • Pedestrian access will be signed around the work area, detours will be in place.
    • Safety barriers and fencing to contain the construction area will be in place.
    • Construction will include excavation, concreting and installation of paving and landscaping.
    • During night works vehicles will use “quacker” (quieter) style reversing alarms to reduce noise.
    • Light towers will be placed to limit glare to nearby residents.

    Timing of this work is subject to weather conditions and construction constraints.

    Bus changes on Scarborough Street

    From 5:00am Monday 17 February 2014, several changes to bus routes and bus stop locations in Scarborough Street, Southport will occur during northbound lane closures. Bus route and stop changes:

    • The southbound bus stop on Scarborough Street will be maintained during the day and on weekends.
    • During night closures of the southbound lane from 7pm to 5am Monday to Friday, the bus stop near Westpac will be closed. A temporary southbound bus stop will be located at Short Street during these times.
    • Northbound bus routes 700, 703, 704, 731, 737, 741, 742, 747 will be diverted via Queen Street, Garden Street and Young Street.
    • The northbound bus stop on the western side of Scarborough Street near Southport RSL will be temporarily closed. A temporary bus stop will be located near the Southport Library on Garden Street (see map).

    For more information, see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    11 February 2014 16:13
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    Southport

    Paving and landscaping along the light rail corridor - Updated 25 November 2013

    Paving and landscaping works have commenced across the Gold Coast light rail corridor as the project moves closer to operations commencing in June 2014.

    These works include levelling underground service pit lids with the footpath, installing new paving and concrete for kerbing and footpaths and planting of signature trees, shade trees and mass ground cover vegetation.

    Design

    Landscape design for the light rail corridor has been modelled on Broadwater Parklands and the Surfers Paradise foreshore. The design matches the different environments which the light rail passes through.

    Earth colours have been used in ‘hinterland’ areas such as the Health and Knowledge precinct and some areas of Southport. Beach colours have been used in the ‘coastal’ areas of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

    Coloured concrete will be used in unpaved areas. These colours have been used to differentiate between pedestrian areas, the road reserve and the light rail corridor.

    Paving and Footpaths

    11,000 square metres of pavers will be used across the corridor in urban areas. Pavers will be Brisbane Grey in colour, matching the existing paving in the centres of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

    Paving and footpath works will be undertaken in stages.

    Stage 1 - Pit lids are levelled, existing pavers and concrete jack-hammered and removed, then a new base layer is compacted. Stage 2 - The base layer crew moves to the next zone and the base concrete is laid by a second crew. Stage 3 - Once the base concrete is cured, the second crew moves to the next zone and pavers are laid by a third crew.

    This progressive approach maximises each work crew’s output, minimising the duration of works while maintaining access to properties.

    Where possible, footpaths will be reopened following the second stage to accomodate pedestrians prior to final paving commencing.

    GoldLinQ will work closely with stakeholders to minimise construction impacts and prior notice will be given ahead of works commencing.

    Plants and landscaping

    In order to maximise green area across the corridor, GoldLinQ has worked with the City of Gold Coast to move underground services to allow more vegetation to be planted.

    GoldLinQ has also favoured using vegetation instead of retaining walls and worked to save existing trees and plants along the corridor.

    A variety of plant species (some pictured right), selected for their tolerance of Gold Coast climate, will be used for signature trees, shade or canopy trees and ground level mass planting.

    GoldLinQ has avoided turf wherever possible, favouring mass planting in its place.

    Landscape design may vary across the light rail corridor due to line-of-sight requirements, location of underground and overhead services and existing design.

    What to expect during landscaping works

    • Some works will approach business fronts.
    • Temporary construction fencing will be installed for safety.
    • Temporary lane closures may occur.
    • Construction noise, dust and vibration at times.
    • Both day and night works. Every effort will be made to minimise construction impacts and stakeholders will receive prior notice ahead of works commencing.
    • During night works vehicles will use “quacker” (quieter) style reversing alarms to reduce noise.
    • Light towers will be placed to limit glare.
    • Timing of this work is subject to weather and construction conditions.

    For more information including images of plants and indicative pavement colours, please see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    4 December 2013 08:47
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    Southport

    - Testing and Commissioning

    Southport - Powering up and tram movements in Southport - Updated 19 November 2013

    From Sunday 24 November 2013 overhead wires will be powered up in Southport from the intersection of Nerang and Scarborough Streets to the Nerang River.

    Electrical equipment will be tested prior to tram movements starting in the area. Tram testing can be expected to occur at anytime between the Gold Coast University Hospital Station and the Nerang River.

    Remember to obey all signs, signals and road rules and you will be safe at all times.

    Stay safe

    • Look up and see the danger. Trams are powered by live overhead wires carrying 750 volts of electricity.
    • Short term delays may occur at intersections during the initial powering up. Traffic control measures and detours will be in place. It is important to follow the instructions of traffic controllers to ensure your safety.
    • Keep kites and other flying toys away from all overhead wires and never try to remove an object from the wires. If you come across a fallen electrical wire contact 000 immediately.
    • Always follow the Queensland road rules around the light rail system. U-Turns are only legal where there is a sign indicating U-Turn Permitted.
    • Remember tracks are for trams. Never park, walk, cycle or drive along the tracks and when driving only cross the tracks at designated intersections.
    • Stay alert and take the time. Trams are quiet and may not be heard against everyday background noise. Look and listen for trams and only cross the road and tram tracks at designated pedestrian crossings.

    For further information including maps and diagrams please attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    19 November 2013 11:33
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    Southport

    - Testing and Commissioning

    Tram movements in Southport - updated 22 October 2013

    From late October 2013 tram movements and testing will extend to include the area from the light rail Depot to the Gold Coast University Hospital Station.

    Overhead wires are now live in this area and tram movements can be expected to occur at anytime. Remember to obey all signs, signals and road rules and you will be safe at all times.

    Stay safe

    • Always follow the current Queensland road rules around the light rail system. Most importantly remember that U-Turns are only legal where there is a sign indicating U-Turn Permitted.

    • New signs and traffic signals will be installed to remind motorists and pedestrians they are now travelling alongside a light rail service.

    • Remember tracks are for trams. When driving only cross the tracks at designated intersections and never queue on the tracks.

    • Never walk drive or cycle along the tracks and always cross at designated pedestrian crossings.

    • Trams run on electricity supplied by live overhead wires. Look up and see the danger.

    • When cycling always obey the road rules, cross at designated crossings and cross the tram tracks at a right angle.

    • Listen out for the ‘ding ding’ as tram drivers will sound the bell if they see pedestrians or motorists putting themselves in danger.

    Please see the attached Construction Notice for further information.

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    Updated
    22 October 2013 16:30
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    Southport

    Southport - Traffic changes on Scarborough Street and Nerang Street Mall - Updated 26 September 2013

    From Thursday 10 October 2013, Scarborough Street in Southport will become one-way southbound between Nerang Street and Queen Street.

    Footpath paving, landscape and finishing works will be undertaken progressively in sections over ten weeks, with pedestrian access and one-way southbound traffic access maintained at all times. Access to driveways and businesses between Nerang Street and Queen Street will be maintained.

    Traffic changes

    • Scarborough Street will be one-way southbound between Queen and Nerang Streets (see map adjacent).
    • Northbound detour will be via Queen, Garden and Davenport Streets.
    • Access to Scarborough Street from Lawson Street will be right turn only.
    • Access to Scarborough Street from Young Street, White Street and Owens Lane will be closed. Local driveway access will be maintained.
    • Access to Scarborough Street from Short Street and Park Lane will be left turn only.

    Nerang Street Mall changes

    • Nerang Street Mall will become one-way westbound to facilitate bus movements through the shared zone.
    • Pedestrians are advised to take care as buses will be moving through the shared zone.
    • The taxi rank located on Nerang Street Mall will now travel westbound.

    Bus route changes

    Southbound bus stops on Scarborough Street will be maintained.

    • Northbound bus routes 5, 18, 18A, 700, 702, 703, 706, 709, 715 & 737 will be diverted via the Gold Coast Highway and the Nerang Street Mall.
    • The northbound bus stop on the western side of Scarborough Street near Southport RSL will be temporarily closed.
    • The nearest alternative bus stop is located 500 metres along Scarborough Street opposite Gold Coast TAFE (see map).

    What to expect

    • Construction crews will work day and night Monday to Saturday to complete the finishing works.
    • Night works will be required from 6:30pm to 6:30pm.
    • Pedestrian access will be signed around the work area and will be maintained at all times.
    • Safety barriers and fencing to contain the construction area will be in place.
    • Construction will include excavation, concreting and installation of paving and landscaping.
    • Noise, dust and vibration associated with construction may occur at times and every effort will be made to minimise these.
    • During night works vehicles will use “quacker” (quieter) style reversing alarms to reduce noise.
    • Light towers will be placed to limit glare to nearby residents.

    For further information including maps, please see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    27 September 2013 15:33
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    Southport

    Southport - Tram movements and testing - Updated 24 September 2013

    From late September 2013 tram movements will begin in Southport from the light rail Depot along Queen Street and Nerang Street to Southport Station near Scarborough Street.

    Overhead wires are also live in this area and tram movements can be expected to occur at anytime.

    Trams will start by moving slowly before gradually working up to operational speeds. Remember to obey all signs, signals and road rules and you will be safe at all times.

    Stay safe

    • Always follow the current Queensland road rules around the light rail system. Most importantly remember that U-Turns are only legal where there is a sign indicating U-Turn Permitted.
    • New signs and traffic signals will be installed to remind motorists and pedestrians they are now travelling alongside a light rail service (see overleaf for details).
    • Remember tracks are for trams. When driving only cross the tracks at designated intersections and never queue on the tracks.
    • Never walk drive or cycle along the tracks and always cross at designated pedestrian crossings.
    • Trams run on electricity supplied by live overhead wires which should be treated with caution at all times. Look up and see the danger.
    • When cycling always obey the road rules, cross at designated crossings and cross the tram tracks at a right angle.
    • Listen out for the ‘ding ding’ as tram drivers will sound the bell if they see pedestrians or motorists putting themselves in danger.

    Don’t stop on the tram tracks!

    If turning at a green light remain in the traffic lane until other vehicles have passed and watch for trams in both directions. Do not wait on the tracks for cars to pass.

    It is safe to turn on a green arrow and remember to only U-Turn where a U-Turn Permitted sign is displayed.

    For more information please see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    25 September 2013 09:58
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    Southport

    Southport - Powering up of overhead wires - Updated 4 September 2013

    From Saturday 07 September 2013 GoldlinQ will begin powering up of overhead wires in your 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.

    Stay safe

    What to look out for:

    • Signs will be installed along the light rail corridor to identify when an area is powered up.
    • The overhead wires carry 750 volts of electricity which is equivalent to four times the amount of electricity supplied to your home or business.
    • The live wires are situated well out of reach approximately 5.8 metres above ground level.
    • Keep kites and other flying toys away from all overhead wires and never try to remove an object from the wires.
    • Remember if you come across a fallen electrical wire or see objects on the wires contact 000 immediately and never touch or try to move it.

    Traffic changes during initial power up of overhead wires

    • Short term delays may occur at intersections and on Queen Street and Nerang Street, Southport between the Queen and Wardoo Street intersection and Scarborough Street and Nerang Street intersection.
    • Traffic control measures and detours will also be in place. Pedestrian access routes may change and it is important to follow the instructions of traffic controllers to ensure your safety.
    • Residents need to be aware that all pedestrian and motor vehicle movements will be halted for up to twenty minutes and will then continue under traffic control directions. This is vital for safety.

    Working near the system safely

    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.

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    Updated
    25 September 2013 09:44