The first spade has been driven into the ground to mark the start of work on Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail network.
Construction of the $420 million extension has begun at the site of the future Helensvale station – one of three new stations along the route.
Four additional Flexity trams have already been ordered from Bombardier to operate services on Stage 2. These units will be built in Germany and are due to be delivered by October 2017.
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe said: “Construction work will now accelerate in the race towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and will support up to 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and operation.
“Bulk earthworks and excavation are underway to prepare for the installation of the track to ensure this gold medal project is Games-ready before April 2018.”
Testing and commissioning of Stage 2 is expected to take place in the second half of next year.