Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Contract rolls out for GC train station

ADCO Constructions has been awarded the contract to design and build the Gold Coast’s new Pimpama train station – the first of three being delivered through Cross River Rail.

Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey said the South East Queensland-based contractor would start major works on the new station in early 2023.

“Pimpama is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Australia, so I’m glad to see we’ve taken this important step towards getting the station built,” Mr Bailey said.

“The new station will make it much easier for local residents to jump on a train, as they won’t need to go to Ormeau or Coomera to use the rail network.

“Getting closer to having a new station is a win for the Pimpama community, and I’m looking forward to seeing construction progress.”

Gold Coast-based Minister, Meaghan Scanlon said while the contract for major works had just been signed, early works and site establishment activities had already begun.

“We know how important it is to get this station built, which is why we haven’t wasted any time getting the site ready for construction,” Ms Scanlon said.

“Early works on the station access road, drainage and connecting infrastructure are also well underway and once complete, around 40,000 cubic metres of spoil – enough to fill about 16 Olympic swimming pools – will have been excavated and re-used where possible.”

Ms Scanlon said the Pimpama community could look forward to a fully accessible state-of-the-art station.

“Whether you’re pushing a pram or in a wheelchair, you will have a good passenger experience at the new Pimpama station,” she said.

“We want our new Gold Coast stations to be accessible to all of the community, which is why we consulted extensively with a specially formed accessibility reference group.

“Just a few of the accessibility features at Pimpama will be large taxi and kiss’n’ride bays, tactile boarding mats at boarding points and through-lifts on each platform.

“The new Pimpama station will also include a 40-bike lock-up enclosure, a pedestrian overpass and connections to local pedestrian and cycle paths.”

ADCO’s Managing Director, Neil Harding said the company’s team of highly experienced rail and transport delivery experts looked forward to completing the important project.

“ADCO is thrilled with the opportunity to deliver this project, contributing to the growth of SEQ, in particular improving connectivity with other public transport networks between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, while also boosting local businesses and providing jobs for the local community,” Mr Harding said.

“The Pimpama train station project adds to ADCO’s solid track record of projects within the region, such as the Pimpama Sports Hub, Pimpama Tavern and other facilities in the rail and transport sector.”

Mr Bailey said timelines for the other two stations being built on the Gold Coast – Merrimac and Hope Island – were also progressing well.

“Procurement activities are well underway at Merrimac and Hope Island, with major works set to start at both later this year,” Mr Bailey said.

“All three Gold Coast stations are scheduled to be operational in line with the first Cross River Rail services.”

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