GOLD Coast Light Rail Stage 2 has reached a new milestone after the successful testing of the first tram on the new 7.3-kilometre light rail extension between Gold Coast University Hospital and Helensvale station.
"Gold Coast Light Rail has transformed public transport on the Gold Coast and Stage 2 is going build on this fantastic legacy," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
"Once Stage 2 is complete locals and tourists alike will have a smooth, one-transfer journey between Brisbane and the Gold Coast's most iconic destinations.
"Testing has gotten underway successfully and Stage 2 is well on track to be ready in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games."
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said that testing would continue over the following months.
"Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 is key to a modern, reliable public transport system for Queensland's second biggest city," Ms Trad said.
"As the Gold Coast grows, this piece of infrastructure is going to become increasingly important, connecting people to jobs, tourist attractions and community amenities.
"Trams are currently being tested on the new line at night, starting at low speeds. As the testing progresses, the trams work their way up to operational speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.
"Gold Coast locals between Broadbeach and Southport are very familiar with the light rail in their area. Now residents and road users in Parkwood, Arundel and Helensvale will start to become familiar with light rail operations in their neighbourhood."
The first stage of Gold Coast Light Rail (also known as G:link) opened in 2014 and extends along a 13-kilometre route from Gold Coast University Hospital at Southport to Broadbeach, with 16 stations.