Gold Coast Railway Update

FOUR railway stations will be built between Varsity Lakes and the border as part of the multi-billion dollar heavy rail extension – when it happens.

Plans for the future railway route obtained by the Gold Coast Bulletin reveal for the first time how the city’s south will be transformed.


New details have emerged about the southern Gold Coast railway


According to the plans, the trains will travel along a corridor near the M1 with:

• New stations built at Tallebudgera, Elanora, Tugun and Gold Coast Airport.

• Rail bridges crossing over the M1 at Reedy Creek Rd, Bermuda St and across the highway to the western side of the M1 where the Tallebudgera station will be built.

• The railway line running under 19th Ave at Palm Beach, with the route remaining on the western side of the highway south to Elanora.

• Stage 2 seeing the trains continue south of Elanora to a station at Tugun near Boyd St and circling back north to arrive at Gold Coast Airport, where it will connect with the light rail.


Map of the planned extension of the Gold Coast heavy rail to Gold Coast Airport



News of the route has been welcomed by long-serving Palm Beach councillor Daphne McDonald, who said it would reduce congestion on the M1 and local roads.

“This has been talked about for nearly 20 years and it looks like they have finally determined where the stations are going,” she said.

“This makes a lot more sense to me than light rail and it is the service most likely to relieve the M1 traffic.


Cr Daphne McDonald. Photo: Jerad Williams


“The heavy rail has been a project on the backburner for a long time but this proves there is light at the end of the tunnel so we now need the Government to get serious about this.”

The four southern stations will come in addition to three extra heavy rail stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Worongary-Merrimac, which will be built as part of the State Government’s Cross River Rail project. The Government says that project in the Brisbane CBD is vital to relieving congestion, which has to happen before it can boost frequency on and extend the Gold Coast line.


How heavy rail will arrive at Gold Coast Airport.


The southern railway line will also require dual tracks, keeping with the rest of the Coast’s rail network rather than single north-south tracks.

“Planning has identified the extension of the Gold Coast rail line will require dual tracks to meet the future demand for rail services from the area,” a State Government document on the extension says.

“A single track passenger rail line would reduce the frequency of services on the line and cause delays to passengers.”


Trams and trains will meet at the airport. PHOTO: Supplied



Gold Coast Airport has incorporated a heavy rail station into planned expansion of its terminal.

Gold Coast Airport boss Chris Mills told the Bulletin in June the rail extension would be needed to cope with the city’s growing population.

“In the medium-to-longer term, heavy rail to the southern end of the city also needs to be planned, particularly for the increasing Gold Coast population living to the west,” he said.

The airport would become the second hub for heavy and light rail, with the systems already connecting at Helensvale.



Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

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