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A SECTION of the light rail system near the Gold Coast University Hospital will be closed down from midnight tonight for electrical testing as stage two starts to power up.
Passengers will be asked to use buses from the Queen Street station near the Southport cemetery to connect up with the hospital.
GoldLINQ CEO Phil Mumford told the Gold Coast Bulletin the electrical connection works were part of powering up stage two of light rail.
Motorists along Smith last night saw lighting turned on at the new tram stations and along the yet to be opened stage two light rail route.
“During the electrical connection a section of overhead line will be de-energised, resulting in a temporary suspension of tram services between Gold Coast University Hospital station and Queen Street station,” Mr Mumford said.
Buses will be used to take passengers from closed tram stations. Picture Mike Batterham“Recognising that the community rely on G:link, a bus replacement service will operate
between the three stations at a similar frequency to the trams so commuters can still get to
where they need to go.”
Stage 2 of the light rail at Helensvale under construction. Photo by Richard Gosling“This activity is scheduled to occur during the weekend to minimise disruption to our
passengers and trams will operate as normal between Queen Street and Broadbeach South
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said a small section of the current overhead line needed to be de-energised, or switched off, for safety reasons.
G: Link trams — light rail stage two is about to be powered up. Photo: David Clark“This is a significant milestone in the delivery of Stage 2 and is a critical step towards
opening for passenger services ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year,” Ms Trad
Residents will be warned that section of the overhead wires on stage two through to Helensvale will become “live” in the next few days.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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