Passenger Rail

Architecture firm appointed for GC rail stations

New stations are to be built on the Gold Coast as the Queensland government ramps up infrastructure spending.

GHD Woodhead will design three new railway stations along the Gold Coast’s “glitter strip,” ArchitectureAU reported.

The firm, together with its parent GHD, has been awarded the design contract for Pimpama, Merrimac and Helensvale North stations, which are being delivered in conjunction with Cross River Rail.

The state government allocated $120 million for the stations almost two years.

The government has released a concept image of the new Pimpama train station.

“GHD will refine the existing concept designs for each station, producing detailed designs, documentation and approvals ready for construction,” said transport minister Mark Bailey.

“As part of the detailed design phase, additional studies will be undertaken including construction methodology, noise modelling, flood modelling and flora and fauna studies.”

Bailey said community feedback and input was being considered as part of the detailed design phase and there will be another opportunity for public consultation on the updated designs later this year, with nearby communities to be notified well in advance.

The stations are predicted to be operational in time for Cross River Rail’s opening in 2025.