Gold Coast Line

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is planning three new rail stations on the Gold Coast Line at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac to help connect South East Queensland’s growing population. These stations will feature:

  • onsite parking and passenger drop-off facilities
  • connections to pedestrian and cycle paths
  • integration with the current public transport network and
  • improvements to nearby intersections.

In October 2019, we sought community feedback on concept designs for new stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac. Consultation was undertaken from Wednesday 9 October until Friday 8 November 2019.

Three new stations for the Gold Coast

Pimpama

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.

Helensvale North

Helensvale North

The new Helensvale North 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.

Merrimac

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

Consultation outcomes

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 2020.

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.

Construction of the new stations is anticipated to start in late 2020.

Benefits for the Gold Coast Line

Cross River Rail unlocks a bottleneck at the core of our rail network, allowing more trains to run more often across the whole of South East Queensland and creating 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.
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