Gold Coast Line

Cross River Rail is transforming the way we travel across all of South East Queensland. The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is continuing with planning of three new rail stations on the Gold Coast Line to help connect South East Queensland’s growing population. Stations are being planned for Pimpama, Hope Island and Merrimac.

The new stations will feature:

  • onsite parking and passenger drop-off facilities
  • connections to pedestrian and cycle paths
  • key accessible features such as parking, wayfinding signage and platform access
  • integration with the current public transport network and improvements to nearby intersections
  • Lighting and CCTV throughout car park and station

Pimpama Station Project EOI

Expressions of interest to deliver the major construction for the Pimpama Station Project are now closed. Shortlisting for proponents to enter the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase will commence shortly with contract award anticipated in late-2022.

What's next

GHDWoodhead has been engaged to undertake early investigations and prepare the detailed designs for construction. Early investigations across all three stations commenced in early 2021, including geotechnical assessments, noise monitoring, flood and surface water modelling and flora and fauna surveys.

Community consultation has been undertaken at various stages of the station design:

  • Concept design – 2019
  • Detailed design – 2021
  • Co-design process with the Accessibility Reference Group (ARG) – 2021.

Feedback from the community and key stakeholders is now being used to inform the final design for construction.

Construction to enable station access is being undertaken as an early works package. The works commence in late 2021 and include a new signalised intersection at Bedford Road and the Old Pacific Highway, access road into the site with associated drainage works and connecting pedestrian and cycle pathways.

For more information please visit the station pages below.

Three new stations for the Gold Coast

An artist impression of the future Pimpama station

Pimpama

The new Pimpama station will provide the local community with greater access to convenient rail services; expanding their options for easy travel within the Gold Coast, as well as to Brisbane.

An artist render of the new Hope Island station.

Hope Island

The new Hope Island station will provide the local community with greater access to convenient rail services; expanding their options for easy travel within the Gold Coast, as well as to Brisbane.

artist impression of the future Merrimac station.

Merrimac

The proposed new Merrimac station will provide the local community with greater access to convenient rail services; expanding their options for easy travel within the Gold Coast, as well as to Brisbane.  

New train stations for the Gold Coast

New train stations for the Gold Coast

  • Project Documents

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  • Overall, feedback from the community and stakeholders indicated support for the new stations on the Gold Coast Line.

    During the consultation period over 1150 people provided feedback through online surveys, community drop-in sessions, stakeholder meetings, emails and phone calls to the project team.

    Summary of feedback

    A summary of the feedback received during the consultation period included:

    • Increase parking capacity at each station to minimise parking overflow
    • Manage noise and visual impacts on surrounding properties
    • Incorporate lighting and security into station design
    • Ensure traffic conditions around each station remain safe and efficient
    • Improve connecting bus services as well as pedestrian and bicycle accesses
    • Minimise impacts on green-space including vegetation and fauna
    • Change the Helensvale North Station name to Hope Island Station.

     

    What’s next?

    Concept designs for each station will be developed during the detailed design and procurement phases. All feedback received during the consultation period will be considered and further community consultation on the detailed designs will be undertaken in 2021.

    As part of the detailed design phase, additional studies will be undertaken including construction methodology, noise modelling, traffic modelling, flood modelling and flora and fauna studies. These studies will also be used to further refine the designs and identify appropriate mitigation measures.

    The purpose of this document is to describe the background, objectives, and high-level scope of three new infill train stations being planned on the Gold Coast to Brisbane rail line, at Pimpama, Hope Island and Merrimac

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Benefits for the Gold Coast Line

Cross River Rail will unlock a bottleneck at the core of our transport network and it will transform the way we travel across the whole of South East Queensland and create capacity on the Gold Coast for:

  • a train leaving for Brisbane as often as every 5 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Gold Coast line
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 15 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Beenleigh line (from Beenleigh station)
  • fewer road users on the Pacific Motorway, with an estimated 47,000 more people across choosing rail over road by 2036.

The new stations will reinvigorate public transport in key growth areas on the Gold Coast line, delivering new Park ’n’ Ride facilities and providing a stimulus for enhanced bus connections and future economic development.

Construction Notices

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