Light rail work starts this month

CONSTRUCTION on the first major piece of infrastructure for the rapid transit system gets under way this month.

The early works construction contract on the $33 million Gold Coast University Hospital station shell in Parklands Drive was awarded to Leighton Contractors.

Construction of the structure's floor, roof and walls should be completed by September 2011.


Rapid transit system business advisory member Bob Janssen said it was important for local work to be generated out of the project.

"We've made it as attractive as possible for the big boys (Leighton) to use locals," he said. "We would prefer them to use Gold Coast subcontractors."

Meanwhile, the three consortiums vying for the chance to build the light rail -- GC Connect, GoldlinQ and Move GC -- are set to enter a more detailed bid phase later this year.


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