May 06, 2011

Winning bidder announced for Gold Coast LRT

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AUSTRALIAN federal transport minister Mr Anthony Albanese today announced the GoldlinQ consortium, including Bombardier, Downer EDI, Keolis, McConnell Dowell, and Plenary Group, has been selected to build and operate Gold Coast's $A 1.1bn ($US 1bn) light rail network.

gold-coast-new.jpgEnabling works are already underway on the initial 13km section from Griffith University to Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, which will have 16 stations. GoldlinQ will begin civil works later this year and the line is due to open in early 2014. The project is being implemented as a public-private partnership.

Future extensions are planned to link coastal districts of the city, which is now Australia's sixth-largest with more than 500,000 residents and 10 million visitors each year.

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