Tram stage 2 work begins next month

Tram stage 2 work begins next month :THE State Government has awarded a $420 million contract to CPB Contractors to allow work on the second stage of the Gold Coast light rail to begin next month.

Under the deal, CPB, formerly known as Leighton Contractors, will build the 7.3km extension in time to launch and synchronise with other public transport before the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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The Cabinet Budget Review Committee met early yesterday afternoon to formally approve the preferred contractor along with the project cost and Queensland Government contribution to ensure the extension will be built in time for the Games.

The approval allays fears last week the project could be endangered if Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk went through with a threat to call a snap election.

Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad and Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe will today announce the state will fund $270 million of the project, with the Federal Government to provide $95 million and the Gold Coast City Council $55 million.
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“Stage two will complete the missing link between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and will provide an immediate boost to the construction industry, supporting up to 1000 new construction jobs,” she said yesterday.

“The business case confirmed stage two will contribute an estimated $160 million to the Gross State Product and now we’ve selected the preferred contractor it is full steam ahead to deliver this project in time for the Commonwealth Games.

“Light rail has already transformed the Gold Coast but stage two will provide a seamless journey for these passengers to move around the Coast and connect to Brisbane.”

Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the preferred bid would provide the best value for money and an assurance construction would be completed in time.
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“Now we’ve announced the preferred contractors, early works on the light rail extension will able to start next month,” he said.

“Once it is built, stage two will have the potential to carry 3000 passengers per hour which will be critical to support the transport plan for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

GoldLinQ chairman John Witheriff said CPB Contractors would continue to refine its tender proposal to ensure the best design and construction methods were worked through with GoldLinQ before the start of construction.
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“During this phase it is full steam ahead for CPB Contractors while they work on the ­detailed design for stage two, undertake survey work and site investigations and start ­recruiting their workforce,” he said.

“As part of the contract commitments made by CPB Contractors, they will engage with local workers and businesses to work on the project.”

Stage two is a 7.3km extension to connect the existing light rail system to the heavy rail network with the new track planned to run next to the Smith St Motorway to the Helensvale heavy rail station.

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