Cross River Rail is working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to plan and deliver three new stations at Pimpama, Hope Island, and Merrimac/Worongary on the Gold Coast line.View Station
Hope Island Station
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 (formerly Helensvale North), and Merrimac.
Station proposed to be named Hope Island
The station is proposed to be named Hope Island instead of Helensvale North following strong and consistent community feedback. We sought further feedback from the community during consultation between 23 August and 18 September 2021 to ensure the name change is as universally popular as feedback so far has indicated.
Feedback on the detailed design will be used to inform the final design for construction.
Early investigations commenced in January 2021, which included geotechnical works, surveys, utility identification and environmental studies including heritage, flora and fauna. The investigations and key outcomes include:
- Flora and fauna surveys found no recorded threatened species at the station site
- Cultural heritage assessments undertaken during the development of the business case identified the need for further investigations. Flood and surface water modelling indicates the proposed design does not impact stormwater drainage, flood and surface water levels
- Noise monitoring was undertaken to inform management strategies
- Geotechnical assessments were undertaken to confirm ground conditions.
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Benefits for Hope Island
Hope Island station will provide the local community with greater access to convenient rail services; expanding options for easy travel within the Gold Coast, as well as to Brisbane.
The new Hope Island station will include the following features:
2. Provision for future car park expansion
3. Future Coomera Connector project
4. Lighting and CCTV throughout car park and station
5. Six accessible car parks
6. Two through-lifts on each platform
7. Accessible kiss ‘n’ ride bays
8. Accessible taxi bays
9. Bus stops
10. Bus parking
12. Planned connection to local pedestrian and cycle paths
13. Existing pedestrian connections
14. Station building and ticketing
15. Stairs connecting entry level to platforms
16. New signalised intersection
17. Water overflow basin
18. Existing phone tower
19. Existing sewer station
Future Coomera Connector project
The future Coomera Connector project is being delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The Hope Island station will be located next to Mangrove Jack Park, off Hope Island Road and is scheduled to be open in time for the first Cross River Rail services to the Gold Coast.
Overall, feedback from the community and stakeholders indicated support for the design and for the station to be named Hope Island.
During the consultation period over 1,400 people provided feedback through online surveys, community drop-in sessions, stakeholder meetings, emails and phone calls to the project team.
Summary of feedback
Key themes raised during the consultation period included:
- Support for changing the station name from Helensvale North to Hope Island station.
- Increase car parking capacity for all methods of travel (cars, motorcycles, bikes, accessible and senior parking), including consideration for future expansion options.
- Maintain overflow parking for existing users of the area.
- Preserve Mangrove Jack Park as a community space, including the off-leash dog area.
- Improve active transport connections to the station and surrounding community.
- Changes to the signalised intersection on Hope Island Road, including a right hand turn and a slip road out of the station.
- Additional weather protection coverage over the Kiss ‘n’ Ride, and from the bus drop-off area to station entrance.
- Consider mitigation measures for environmental, construction and operational impacts (flooding, vegetation removal, dust, noise).
- Feedback noting the importance of safety and security elements included in the current design and request for additional CCTV within Mangrove Jack Park.
All feedback received during the consultation period is being considered. Further studies are being undertaken including traffic management, hydrology assessment, noise and environment to further refine and finalise the design in preparation for construction.
Procurement activities for a contractor to build Hope Island station will commence in late 2022 and the final design will be released prior to major construction on the station commencing.
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