Local Robina and Varsity Lakes residents have received an early Christmas present - an invitation to be the first to ride the new train line extension on Sunday.
Local Robina and Varsity Lakes residents have received an early Christmas present - an invitation to be the first to ride the new train line extension on Sunday.

Inspect new rail facilities

NEXT stop, Varsity Lakes.

Varsity Lakes and Robina residents are on track to be the first to ride the new Gold Coast rail extension.

After two-and-a-half years of construction and nearly one-and-a-half million working hours, the Gold Coast’s first rail extension in more than ten years will open on Monday.

And locals from the area have been invited to have a sneak preview of the new station and to ride on the new train line on Sunday, ahead of the first official service.

Member for Burleigh Christine Smith has encouraged residents to inspect first-hand the new facilities.

“Spaces on the trains are limited and I’m urging residents to get in quickly to reserve their seat on one of the first trains from Robina to Varsity Lakes station,” she said.

And locals seem pleased with the new addition to their suburb.

Delfin Varsity Lakes senior project director Carl Bruhn said the Gold Coast rail line extension will benefit the wider Gold Coast’s transport needs.

“This is a positive announcement for both the residential and business community of Varsity Lakes,” Mr Bruhn said.

“It’s a great idea for an open day, that people living near the railway extension be invited to be the first to try it out.”

Mr Bruhn said the extension encourages sustainable public transport opportunities for the future.

“The new rail link will improve the transport options for the community by providing excellent solutions that will save travel time,” Mr Bruhn said.

Jumping on at Robina station to be taken to Varsity Lakes, attendees will enjoy a sausage sizzle, entertainment and a special visit from the man in the red suit, Santa.

Event co-ordinator for The Chancellor Apartments at Varsity Lakes, Nicole Fitzgerald, welcomed the station.

“It’s definitely going to bring business to us,” she said.

“More people are going to be able to come to the area now that they will be able to get there easily.”

Ms Fitzgerald said the development would bring exposure to the area.

“It’s nice that they think of the locals first, that’s really great,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

Christine Smith said the $25 million Varsity Lakes station incorporated the latest train station designs in Australia.

“We have turned a wasteland into a valuable community asset,” Mrs Smith said.

For more information visit www.railsmart.com.au/rvl or call 13 16 17.



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