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Preferred contractor named for Gold Coast light rail project

The Queensland Government last week announced plans to establish an authority to deliver Cross River Rail.

GoldLinQ Pty Ltd has announced the preferred contractor to deliver the $420 million second stage of the project.GoldLinQ Pty Ltd has announced the preferred contractor to deliver the $420 million second stage of the Gold Coast light rail project.

CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by GoldLinQ Pty Ltd, which is contracted by the Queensland Government for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the Gold Coast light rail system, as the preferred contractor to deliver stage two of the project.

The Queensland Government has announced $420 million funding for Stage 2, which incorporates design and construction, and operations and maintenance through to 2029.

CPB Contractors will continue to work with GoldlinQ to refine the tender proposal with final documents expected to be signed in mid-April 2016.

Construction is scheduled to commence in April 2016 and conclude in late 2017.

Within the stage two works, CPB Contractors will deliver a 7.3km northern extension of the Gold Coast light rail from Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale, to connect stage one with the main Brisbane to Gold Coast rail line.

CIMIC Group Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “The CIMIC Group’s diverse capabilities and major project experience position us strongly for initiatives such as Gold Coast Light Rail, as well as other significant transport infrastructure opportunities within Australia’s project pipeline.

“We are committed to working with clients to deliver cost effective, sustainable transport networks to help transform cities and communities.”

Stage two works include 7.3km of dual track light rail alignment, three additional light rail stations at Parkwood East, Parkwood and Helensvale, a new 1,000 space park and ride facility at Parkwood, and a 400 space park and ride at Helensvale.

The extension will provide a seamless connection with heavy rail, world-class integrated public transport solution for residents and visitors, and a one-transfer journey between the CBDs of Queensland’s two largest cities, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

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