“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.
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.”