The Queensland Government has released the final design of the new Pimpama train station, marking a major step forward for the connecting of the fast-growing community to South East Queensland’s heavy rail network. 

Pimpama is one of three new stations – alongside Hope Island and Merrimac – being delivered on the Gold Coast through Cross River Rail.

Following community consultation, ADCO Constructions was appointed to design and construct the station, with construction starting in late 2022.

Since then, work has been underway to finalise the design of the station in parallel with the construction program, taking into account community feedback. 

The new Pimpama station will include lifts on each platform, accessible car parks and taxi bays, and accessible wayfinding.

Key features of the station include:

  • Pedestrian station access via Kosciuszko Circuit
  • More bike infrastructure, including outdoor bicycle racks as well as the 40-bicycle lock up enclosure
  • Larger taxi and kiss ‘n’ ride bays, wayfinding signage and platform access
  • Connections to bus services and active transport paths
  • 380 parks when the station opens

Significant progress is being made at Pimpama, with 189 piles already installed for the station’s platform foundations and retaining wall.

Meanwhile, builders are preparing to put in the structural steel frames for the platforms, as well as new overhead electrical portals that will span the station building.

Major construction is expected to be completed by late 2024.

Following several crucial stages to ensure the station can operate safely and efficiently, including a period of extensive testing and commissioning and integration with existing public transport services, Pimpama station is then expected to open in 2025.

Elsewhere on the Gold Coast, early works and site set up activities are underway at Hope Island and Merrimac stations, with major construction to begin at both sites in the coming months.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Bart Mellish, said that Pimpama is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Australia, which makes it important that residents can make the most of the state’s rail revolution.

“Building this station means Pimpama locals won’t need to commute to Ormeau or Coomera station to jump on the train, which will make a huge difference for locals.

“The new Pimpama station won’t just benefit Gold Coasters when it opens – it is supporting 535 jobs for Queenslanders during construction.

“We want to make sure this station meets the needs of Pimpama locals, which is why we’ve made a number of changes to the design after receiving feedback from the community.

“Pimpama will be a fully accessible station, and include through-lifts on each platform, and accessible car parks, taxi zones and kiss ‘n’ ride bays.

“Thanks to all the workers that are helping to get this important project over the line – your work will make a huge difference in the lives of Gold Coasters in the future.”

Featured image: A digital rendition of the completed Pimpama train station. Image credit: Queensland Government.

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