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    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Gold Coast stations get $10 million facelift ahead of Commonwealth Games

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Gold Coast stations get $10 million facelift ahead of Commonwealth Games

    Train stations on the Gold Coast line are on track to be Games-ready with the Palaszczuk Government set to invest $10 million to refurbish Queensland Rail facilities ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe said the Ormeau, Coomera, Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes stations would be refurbished, supporting around 30 new jobs for Queenslanders in the construction industry.

    “Over the next two years, as we countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Palaszczuk Government will invest $10 million to give stations on the Gold Coast line between Ormeau and Varsity Lakes a ‘Games’ makeover,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The improvement works will include a revamp of the station buildings, upgraded toilet facilities, as well as new signage, CCTV and Passenger Information Displays and also a fresh coat of paint.

    “These stations will be major transport hubs during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and this $10 million package of works will ensure they’re looking good for international visitors and guests come Games time.

    “As part of the program the pedestrian subway at Coomera station is set to be completely re-tiled and the Ormeau footbridge will be upgraded, while modernisation works will be carried out on the lifts at Coomera and Nerang stations.

    “This package of works will support approximately 30 job opportunities for Queenslanders in the construction industry, including trades like electrical, carpentry, painting, plumbing, roofing and tiling.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said the station improvement project, together with the $163 million Coomera to Helensvale rail duplication, would support the region’s growing number of local residents and help prepare the Gold Coast to host Australia’s biggest sporting event this decade.

    “As South East Queensland’s population continues to expand and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games approach, the Palaszczuk Government is committed to investing in our public transport infrastructure,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The Coomera to Helensvale heavy rail duplication project, set for completion in late 2017, will duplicate the only remaining section of single track on the Gold Coast line and significantly improve service capacity and reliability.

    “Now, this station refresh project will also provide a comfortable, modern environment for local customers and visitors into the future.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said to minimise impacts to passengers, works would be completed mostly outside of peak traveling times.

    “Trains will run to the regular timetable while the station improvements are underway, with works scheduled outside of peak traveling times wherever possible,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Passengers may see some minor impacts throughout construction, such as platform changes and use of temporary ticket offices while the station ticket windows and amenities are being upgraded.

    “These changes will be communicated to local rail passengers in advance.

    “I know Queensland Rail appreciates the patience of passengers during these works, and commuters can look forward to the unveiled new-look Gold Coast stations in early 2018.”

     

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