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Published March 10th 2021
See the Gold Coast by Tram
The G-link light rail is the Gold Coast tram service. Service runs every 7.5 minutes from 7AM to 7 PM and every 15 minutes at other times, although no service midnight to 5 AM on weekdays, every thirty minutes 12-5AM weekends. Heading south, is on the beach side of the track while heading north, is on the hinterland side.
I found the actual ride itself very smooth and overall, it's interesting to travel on. I did twenty-five minutes on the service, boarding at Griffith University in Parkwood and travelling to just past Surfer's Paradise North, near Cypress Avenue, one stop before the main shopping avenue of Cavill Avenue. It crossed the Nerang River near The Spit and it's got great coverage of the important places on the Gold Coast. An amazing idea and departing just over every seven minutes both ways, it's a sensible addition to the Gold Coast's public transport options.
Tram about to depart in Broadbeach South direction.
From a website dedicated to Gold Coast light rail, there were webpages on the history of G-link as well as the history of Gold Coast rail, details on stages of the project, and an outdated segment on costs, which are better obtained here. I obtained some important facts such as Stage Two being completed in 2017 connecting the Griffith University to Helensvale Station and that the G-link was designed to tackle problems with a rising population as well as traffic congestion - predicted to worsen in future years.
G-link trains passed each other at Cypress Avenue station.
There are numerous amenities at each station, including a bus interchange, emergency help point, ticket machines, shade sails, CCTV, bus Interchange at selected stops, information help point, undercover seating, drinking fountains, and bike sheds at selected stations and public washrooms at Gold Coast University stop. Other features on the trams include spaces for wheelchairs, space for prams, seats, standing room, designated space for surfboards, and air conditioning. Radio announcements and screens are there to help you keep track of your journey. Always remember to tag on and off for easy fare payment. The trams are 43.5 metres long and can carry 80 seated and 229 standing.
I was slightly surprised by how much use occurs on these public transport options - the train was busy and well-used, especially given the frequency of trains from 7 AM to 7 PM. I was, however, overall, based on what I know about public transport, impressed with the concept that is G-link light rail. The service itself was pretty smooth and fast and I'm happy with my savings from the direct and cheaper than car travel for my tram fare.