Gold Coast Rapid Transit is a Nation Building, public transport project that aims to reduce congestion and improve public transport services for the Gold Coast, one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. The project is being delivered by local, state and federal governments.
Gold Coast Rapid Transit has secured funding commitments totalling $949m to deliver Stage One of the system – the priority route from Griffith University (Parklands Drive, Southport) to Broadbeach. This 13km dedicated light rail corridor will service the new Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Southport medical precinct and the fast growing commercial, retail and recreational centres of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. There are 16 stations planned for the Stage One corridor.
The early and enabling works for this project involved reconfiguring roads and intersections in key locations to cater for an 8m wide light rail corridor. The works also involved major service relocations, resumptions and accommodation works. HIG designers were brought in to provide design expertise on both the southern section through Southport and northern section between Parkwood and Broadbeach. HIG team members were responsible for:
- Design management for fast tracked project.
- Preparation of contract documents and schedules.
- Development of EMP (D), and submissions for environmental approvals and permits, in close collaboration with relevant authorities and TMR.
- Effective engagement with service authorities, Translink and Gold Coast City Council. Provision of technical support to the GCRT Property Team in engagement with local property owners, community groups and businesses.
- Urban stormwater design.
- Road design for realignments, road widening and intersection modifications.
- Pavement design for road widening and overlays.