The Palaszczuk Labor government is promising to deliver three new rail stations for the Gold Coast in an effort to alleviate congestion on the Pacific Motorway as part of its election campaign.
The new stations will be located at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Worongary-Merrimac, as part of the Cross River Rail project.
The stations would only be built if the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project was to proceed, and would be delivered after Cross River Rail was completed, meaning the stations would not be built until 2023.
“The three new stations will mean more Gold Coast residents can benefit from the 3150 extra peak-hour seats on the Gold Coast line under Cross River Rail, helping to take pressure off the M1 as well,” Palaszczuk said.
[Related reading: Construction On The $5.4 Billion Cross River Rail Now Under Way]Each station would be expected to cost up to $40 million each but it was unclear how they would be funded up to 2023.
Labor to this point in time has said it has budgeted $3 million in the next financial year for design and planning and $25 million in the 2021 financial year.
Construction work on the stations would be expected to start in 2021.
"If the Palaszczuk Labor government is re-elected, Cross River Rail and these three stations will happen," Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said on the Gold Coast for the announcement.
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