Below Rail Infrastructure, Passenger Rail, Rolling stock & Rail Vehicle Design

Testing begins on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2

Tram leaving Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast Light Rail

Testing of the new trams for Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail are now underway, with the first tram being successfully driven along the 7.3-kilometre between Gold Coast University Hospital and Helensvale station last Friday.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who was visiting the Gold Cast on Friday, said that Stage 2 would build on the “fantastic legacy” of the currently existing Gold Coast light rail system.

“Once Stage 2 is complete locals and tourists alike will have a smooth, one-transfer journey between Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s most iconic destinations,” the premier said.

“Testing has gotten underway successfully and Stage 2 is well on track to be ready in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

Energisation of the light rail corridor was completed a little over a week ago, which has enabled the testing that will be carried out over the following months to ensure the system is safe prior to the commencement of passenger services.

“Trams are currently being tested on the new line at night, starting at low speeds. As the testing progresses, the trams work their way up to operational speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour,” state transport minister Jackie Trad said.

“Gold Coast locals between Broadbeach and Southport are very familiar with the light rail in their area. Now residents and road users in Parkwood, Arundel and Helensvale will start to become familiar with light rail operations in their neighbourhood.”

Communication systems for Stage 2 are also going to be tested, before they are connected with the existing light rail operations centre.

GoldinQ CEO Phil Mumford said that the connection process would be occurring outside of light rail operating hours to ensure there was no impact of Stage 1 operations.

He also stressed the need for motorists to be aware of the ongoing operations.

“Although trams will be on the new Stage 2 tracks for the next few months, it’s important to remember the entire Stage 2 alignment will remain a construction zone until testing and commissioning is complete,” he said.

After the completion of the testing period, passenger services for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 are expected to begin in early 2018.