Meeting the Gold Coast rail challenge

Queensland Rail is investing $324 million in a new 4.1 km Robina to Varsity Lakes passenger rail line on the Gold Coast which will help meet one of Queensland's fastest growing regions transport needs. It is the first step in the progressive extension of the line to Coolangatta and the Gold Coast Airport. Project construction started in July 2007 for completion in 2010 and involves unique challenges and opportunities. Challenges include the remediation of a landfill to build a sustainable, state of the art eco-station at Varsity Lakes to form part of a transit-oriented development, a cut and cover tunnel which requires blasting adjacent to an frail aged care facility and up-market residential development, and the provision of additional stabling facilities to service the new Gold Coast Skilled Park Stadium. This relatively short distance also includes 3 road bridges, cutting through a man made lake and tying in with the existing Gold Coast duplication project which is also underway. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E218118.


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  • Pagination: 4P
  • Monograph Title: Rail: the core of integrated transport: CORE 2008: conference on railway engineering, 7-10 September 2008, Perth, Western Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01143937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:15PM