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All aboard for Stage 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail

1 April 2022

On 30 March 2022 the Queensland Government reached financial close for Stage 3 of the Gold Coast light rail. Stage 3 will deliver a 6.7km extension south of the existing G:link network with eight new stations, five additional light rail vehicles, new bus and light rail connections at Burleigh and Miami and an upgrade of the existing depot and stabling facilities. 

Keolis Downer’s CEO, David Franks, said “We are delighted to be operating the Stage 3 extension and continuing our partnership with the QLD government, GoldlinQ and other partners. The commitment was a testament to the success of Stage 1 and Stage 2, which serves millions of passengers each year and has been a catalyst for urban renewal.”

“G:link has been instrumental in delivering a step change in public transport use on the Gold Coast with more than 60 million passenger trips since operations first began in July 2014 and has maintained a high level of customer satisfaction above 88 percent” said Mr Franks.

At completion of Stage 3, the operating system from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads will be 27km with 27 stations serviced by 23 trams.

Key Stage 3 Facts

  • 6.7kms of track from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads
  • 8 new stations
  • 5 additional trams
  • Approximately 16 to 17 minutes travel time from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads
  • Stage 3 is jointly funded by three levels of government, with contributions from the Queensland Government, Australian Government and City of Gold Coast.

About Keolis Downer

Keolis Downer is a leading operator of public transport services in Australia. With more than 5500+ employees and a presence in five states, Keolis Downer enables 350 million passenger journeys per year. We operate and maintain the Adelaide Metro train services, the largest tram network in the world in Melbourne (Yarra Trams), the light rail network on the Gold Coast (G:link), and more than 1,300+ buses in  New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

Established in 2009, Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, a leading public transport operator established  in 15 countries, and Downer, the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New

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