Gold Coast Light Rail Passes First Test
The new billion dollar Gold Coast light rail system is on track and has passed its first trial run with flying colours. As reported in brisbanetimes.com.au, one of the system’s state-of-the-art trams has been tested in Southport without incident.
Escorted by police at a walking pace, the tram completed a trial run to test out signals, tracks and stations located on Queen and Nerang Streets, Southport.
There will be 14 such trams in operation once the light rail system is completed and each tram will be able to carry more than 300 people, which is the equivalent of six bus loads. It is hoped that such a system will make public transport the first choice for Gold Coasters and tourists in the future.
Stage One of the light rail system, known locally as ‘The G’, is due to begin in mid 2014 and it will run from Griffith University campus at Parkwood all the way to Broadbeach.