The Gold Coast light rail system was recently opened to the public.
Covering a distance of 13km, linking key activity areas along the Gold Coast
from Parklands to Broadbeach, Stage one of the $1bn project delivered a
world-class public transport system for the city centre.
Working for the GoldLinQ consortium, Arup Australasia was the lead
design consultant for Stage one of the Gold Coast light rail system, providing
detailed design and construction phase services. The high capacity modern
integrated public transit infrastructure consists of 15 at-grade stations and
one underground station.
The world class project enabled Arup to showcase their global rail
skills on a local platform. Murray Kretschmer, Queensland Transport and
Resources Leader, Arup commented that it was rewarding to see their innovative
design and whole of life solutions making a difference for the community on the
The Arup team that worked on the transformational light rail system took
a multidisciplinary approach to meet the demands of the design, drawing upon their
in-house strengths in rail alignment, civil alignment, Trackform, traction
bonding, permanent way, OHL, drainage, signs and lines, signals, bridge
structures, retaining walls, pedestrian modelling, CCTV, conduit, flooding,
lighting, pavements, noise and vibration, and geotechnics.
According to Sarah McIntosh, Project Manager, Arup, their design
solution, which was based on innovation and a low impact approach to delivery
and excellence in operations, provided a platform for the city’s continued
growth, prosperity, sustainability and improved connectivity.
Commenting on the technical difficulties of the project owing to its
unique site location in a highly constrained area and the challenging ground
conditions, she said that they designed an innovative embedded trackform
solution in a first for Queensland, integrating the road and light rail
environments while ensuring safety was at the forefront of design.
Arup was earlier involved in the planning of the light rail system for
the Sunshine Coast and for the Sydney Light Rail project. Arup is also the
technical advisor for Stage one of the Canberra Light Rail project and has been
recently appointed to lead a team to undertake the Canberra Light Rail Master