The first images of the Gold Coast’s next railway station have been unveiled by the State Government. Here’s when you’ll be boarding trains from its platforms.
THE early design for the planned Pimpama railway station has been released.
Artist’s impressions show the railway station will connect to both the Gainsborough Greens residential estate in the suburb’s east and close to the neighbouring Pimpama City Shopping Centre in the west.
Artist impression of the Pimpama railway station on the Gold Coast.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones, who is responsible for the delivery of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, announced details of the project yesterday.
“We have already heard one of the key things we need is significant capacity for parking,” she said. “That’s why this site was chosen. We’ve listened to the local community and where we’ve landed is a highly connected site.”
Ms Jones said the Government would launch major community consultation and encouraged residents to provide input on the station design.
The block of land south of the Pimpama City Shopping Centre where the station will be built. Picture Glenn Hampson
Deputy Mayor and area councillor Donna Gates welcomed the announcement.
“The area has been growing at 30 per cent year on year,” Cr Gates said.
“I applaud the State Government’s decision. They’ve actually nailed it in selecting this site. They had some land a little further down to the south that wasn’t as well connected as this site.”
Cr Gates said the Pimpama station would ease the demands on the nearest station at Ormeau.
“The Ormeau station is at capacity. People can’t find anywhere to park there. This new site is going to have ample parking, it is the best location for Pimpama and ongoing growth in this area,” she said.
“We know that this area is going to, in the next 15 years, have 167,000 more people. It’s a lot of people. We need to get them off the M1 and on to public transport.”
Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon said the new Pimpama, Merrimac and North Helensvale stations, being built at a cost of $120 million, were not the only reasons why the Cross River Rail project was of benefit to Coast commuters.
The new 10.2km rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills which includes twin tunnels under the Brisbane River will resolve one of the state’s biggest transport bottlenecks allowing for more services on the Coast to Brisbane line from 2024.
“Cross River rail will allow trains to run more often in peak hours up to five minutes,” she said. “It’s up to a 15-minute reduction in travel time. It means more seats. This about getting more people on public transport, so they can to and from work quicker, and get home sooner.”