The new Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills.
The above updated fly-through of GCLR Stage 2 based on the current reference design and prepared by the Queensland Government.
Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 is a proposed 7.3 kilometre light rail link between Parkwood and Helensvale. The City of Gold Coast has committed $55.1 million in funding while the Commonwealth Government has committed $95 million towards Stage 2.
The Queensland Government has announced a preferred route for Stage 2 that would run from Helensvale heavy rail station adjacent to the Gold Coast Line, then adjacent to the Smith Street Motorway to connect with Stage 1 at the Gold Coast University Hospital light rail station. TMR Link
This extension will provide a seamless connection with heavy rail, providing a world-class integrated public transport solution for residents and visitors. It will provide a one-transfer journey between the CBDs of Queensland’s two largest cities – Gold Coast and Brisbane.
In October 2015, GoldLinQ shortlisted 3 proponents and a Request for Tender phase is now underway. For more information about GoldLinQ or the procurement process visit www.gclrstage2.com.au.
Construction is expected to commence in April 2016 to ensure the light rail extension is delivered and operational prior to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
You can visit www.gclrstage2.com.au to read more or click on the links below
- Fact Sheet Stage 2
- Stage 2 Overview
- Stations and Accessibility
- Environmental Approach
- Stage 2 Tender Process
Three proponents have been shortlisted to design and build Stage 2.
- A Joint Venture comprising Downer EDI Works and BMD Constructions (GamesLinQ);
- John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd; and
- Leighton Contractors Pty Limited
Requests for Tender closed Wednesday 23 December 2015 with the intention of appointing a preferred contractor in early 2016 to ensure the light rail extension is delivered and operational prior to the Commonwealth Games commencing in April 2018.
Some Artist impressions shared from the www.gclrstage2.com.au website
This updated fly-through of GCLR Stage 2 based on the current reference design and prepared by the Queensland Government.
ARTC Inland Rail Network – Moving Freight between Melbourne and Brisbane.
The Inland Rail will complete the backbone of the national rail freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
It will deliver freight out of the congested Sydney network, saving approximately 10 hours of travelling time.
Trains travelling on this new, more direct route will travel at up to 115km/h and use significantly less fuel.
The 1700km route leverages the earlier investment in the Australian rail freight network following the existing interstate line from Melbourne to Illabo. It then uses a combination of capacity improvements, major track upgrades and new track via Parkes, Moree, North Star, Oakey, Toowoomba, Gatton and Rosewood.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) was appointed in 2014 to develop a business case and 10 year delivery plan for Inland Rail. Since then we have:
- developed a business case, to be lodged with the Australian Government mid-2015
- completed aerial photography and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) of the entire 1700km route
- undertaken early field investigations and strategic consultation in the priority construction areas.
- worked with all key logistics companies, end users, peak bodies and governments to develop the endorsed Inland Rail Service Offering
- conducted roadshows across the alignment including in Ipswich, Toowoomba, Narrabri, Dubbo, Parkes, Wagga Wagga and Wodonga to brief local council leaders, stakeholders and industry representatives on Inland Rail and seek local insight and feedback.
Early works are planned to commence on the priority construction projects – Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star – during 2015.
These works will take place within the existing interstate route and will provide benefits and efficiencies for future phases of work.
No field investigations or construction will commence on new sections of track without detailed consultation with local stakeholders.
The Inland Rail Implementation Group has prioritised three sections of the route for development as projects which will bring immediate productivity or reliability benefits to communities along the corridor:
- priority construction project: Parkes to Narromine, New South Wales
- priority construction project: Narrabri to North Star, New South Wales
- priority development project: Gowrie to Kagaru, Queensland.
Please visit the ARTC Inland Rail Project website for more information
A great video posted on YouTube that outlines some visionary mega projects for the future 2015 – 2030.
A documentary on the ten most ambitious mega-projects currently under development around the world, featuring: Dubai World Central Airport (United Arab Emirates); Songdo International Business District (South Korea); Tokyo-Osaka Maglev Train (Japan); Masdar City (United Arab Emirates); The Grand Canal (Nicaragua); National Trunk Highway System (China); International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor [ITER] – Fusion (France); World’s Tallest Building (Azerbaijan); Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (India); King Abdullah Economic City (Saudi Arabia).
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