The State Government has today revealed the location of a brand new Gold Coast train station.
Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said that the new station will be built on the Old Pacific Highway at Pimpama, just south of the new shopping centre.
“We have been listening to the Gold Coast community and we are very excited to announce we have chosen the location of the new Pimpama train station,” the Minister said.
The Pimpama train station is the first of three new stations that will be built on the northern Gold Coast as part of the $5.4 billion Cross-River Rail project.
Exact locations are yet to be revealed, but the other two stations will be built at Helensvale North (Hope Island) and Merrimac/Worongary.
“The Pimpama station is the first of three brand new stations that will be built on the Gold Coast to cut Gold Coast commuter times,” Minister Jones said.
It’s understood the project will allow trains to leave every 5 minutes during the morning peak hour.
“It will provide a turn-up-and-go service for Gold Coast commuters travelling from the Gold Coast to Brisbane in the mornings,” the Minister said.
“The Coast is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and that is why it is so critical that we do build new train infrastructure here.
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said passengers on the Gold Coast line had grown by more than five per cent for the past five years, with over 5.8 million trips in the past 12 months.
“This is a great win for Gold Coasters. Through Cross River Rail, we’re creating an extra 3150 seats. This means trains to Brisbane will leave as regularly as every five minutes during the morning peak period,” she said.
The three new northern Gold Coast stations are expected to be completed by 2024, with community consultation for the Pimpama design set to begin next month.
“Next month a period of public consultation will begin to get the community’s feedback on the proposed concept station design,” Ms Scanlan said.
“We want to hear from Gold Coasters about what they want to see at these stations.”