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Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
The Honourable John Mickel
17/07/2008

Construction starts on Gold Coast's newest train station

Construction starts today on the Gold Coast's newest train station at Varsity Lakes - a $25 million station on land reclaimed from industrial landfill.

Minister for Transport John Mickel today inspected the construction site and renamed it Varsity Lakes Station to celebrate its transformation from a former landfill into a future transport hub.

"More than 700,000 tons of landfill waste has been removed - enough to fill nearly 200 Olympic-size swimming pools - since we started work to clear the site in August 2007," Mr Mickel said.

"Thousands of tons of concrete have been removed from the landfill, crushed, and re-used elsewhere in the project.

"This re-use and recycling of the land to provide new public transport infrastructure is a great demonstration of the Queensland Government's commitment to environmental sustainability."

When completed in late 2009, the $25 million Varsity Lakes station will feature contemporary design and offer co mmuters and visitors :

? an open plaza concourse
? sheltered island platform
? state of the art security
? pedestrian overpass and lift
? 300 car parking spaces
? 50 secure bicycle lockers
? a sheltered taxi rank
? bus interchange.


Mr Mickel said environmentally sustainable features were also an important element of the new station.

"Recycled building materials and reconstituted paving will be used to construct the new station," Mr Mickel said.

"The station will be partially powered by solar energy and will use natural lighting and ventilation as much as possible. Rainwater tanks will be installed to collect water from the roof, which then can be put to use for toilets and gardens."

Mr Mickel said the future vision was that the new station will become the centrepiece of Varsity Station Village.

"The village will link world-class public transport wit h residential, commercial and employment centres," he said.

The Varsity Lakes Station is due to open in late 2009, when the rest of the $324.4 million Robina to Varsity Lakes Rail Extension Project will also be completed.

In addition to the new station, the project will deliver 4.1km of twin electrified tracks from Robina to Varsity Lakes as an extension to the Gold Coast line, a 300-metre tunnel under Easthill Drive at Robina and three road overpasses.

"This project is the first stage in the Queensland Government's plan to extend the rail line to Coolangatta over the next 20 years," he said.

These projects are part of the Queensland Government's $107 billion South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2008-2026, of which over $19 billion has been identified for rail projects.

For more information about the projects, please call 1800 662 240 (freecall) or visit www.qr.com.au/seqip.

Thursday 17 July 2008

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