We’ll be making changes to a number of local bus services when the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 opens in early 2018. 

With frequent services soon be running along the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension to Helensvale, we won't need to run buses along the same corridor.  This allows us to reinvest savings to provide high frequency services on a number of local routes. We're also proposing a more consistent alignment for route 705 and better weekend connections for route 700 and the tram.

The proposed changes for routes 700, 705, 709, 713, 719, 720, 765, TX1, TX2 and TX3 are detailed below.

These changes are the next step in our plan for a frequent and reliable Gold Coast public transport network.

About the proposed changes

Learn more about the proposed changes by viewing our interactive map, or by calling 13 12 30 anytime.

What are the proposed changes?

  • Weekend frequency will change to every 10 minutes to align with the weekend tram timetable.
  • Weekday frequency will remain at every 7/8 minutes.
  • The route will remain the same. 

What does it mean for me?

  • Less waiting with better bus/tram connection times at Broadbeach South station on weekends.

 

Current frequency

Proposed frequency

Weekdays

7/8 minutes

7/8 minutes

Weekends

7/8 minutes

10 minutes

What are the proposed changes?

  • Route permanently changed to run along Old Burleigh Road instead of Surf Parade at Broadbeach to minimise disruptions caused by road closures on Surf Parade for special events.
  • The frequency and hours of operation for Route 705 will remain the same.

What does it mean for me?

  • Less diversions due to events and road closures on Surf Parade if the 705 runs along Old Burleigh Road instead.
  • This will give you a more consistent and reliable route with less temporary changes. 

What are the proposed changes?

  • This route would be removed as you'll be able to catch the new light rail extension to from Helensvale station to Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University.
  • Removing this route allows us better use our bus resources to improve the frequencies of local routes 713 and 719. 

What does it mean for me?

  • Save up to 11 minutes a trip by taking the tram from Helensvale station to Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University.
  • If you use stops along the Gold Coast Highway including Harbour Town, you can catch the 704 which runs at least every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, on weekdays.
  • If you use stops along Olsen Avenue, you can catch the 719 which runs at least every 15 minutes better from 7am to 7pm, on weekdays.   

What are the proposed changes?

  • Will become a high frequency turn up and go service.
  • Increased weekday frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes between 7am-7pm.
  • Increased weekend frequency from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes between 7am-7pm. 
  • Extended operating hours on weekdays and weekends.

What does it mean for me?

  • Buses every 15 minutes between 7am to 7pm, so you can get to where you need to go with less waiting time.
  • Increased hours so you’ll be able to catch a bus between 7pm and 10pm.

 

Current route 713

Proposed route 713

Weekdays

Frequency: 30 minutes

Frequency: 15 minutes (7am - 7pm)

Hours: 6.20am – 7.10pm

Hours: 6.15am – 10.50pm

Weekends

Frequency: 30 minutes

Frequency: 20 minutes (7am - 7pm)

Hours: 7.50am – 7.10pm

Hours: 6.45am - 10.07pm

What are the proposed changes?

  • Will become a high frequency turn up and go service
  • Increased weekday frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes between 7am-7pm.
  • Increased weekend frequency from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes between 7am-7pm. 
  • Extended operating hours on weekdays and weekends.

What does it mean for me?

  • Buses every 15 minutes between 7am to 7pm, so you can get to where you need to go with less waiting time.
  • Increased hours so you’ll be able to catch a bus until 10.55pm on weeknights and 9.57pm on weekends.

 

Current route 719

Proposed route 719

Weekdays

Frequency: 30 minutes

Frequency: 15 minutes (7am - 7pm)

Hours: 5.55am - 10pm

Hours: 5.55am – 10.55pm

Weekends

Frequency: 30 minutes

Frequency: 20 minutes (7am - 7pm)

Hours: 7.21am – 7:11pm

Hours: 6.40am - 9.57pm

What are the proposed changes?

  • High frequency services to help customers transfer easily at Helensvale station to get to/from the the theme parks.
  • High frequency services will run during the theme park high demand periods to meet opening and closing times: northbound (Helensvale station to Theme Parks/Coomera station) between 9am-12pm and southbound (theme parks/Coomera station) to Helensvale station between 3pm-6pm.
  • Increased frequency from 30 minutes to every 10 minutes from Helensvale to Coomera from 9am-12noon, 7 days.
  • Increased frequency from 30 minutes to every 10 minutes from Coomera to Helensvale from 3-6pm, 7 days.
  • Increased frequency from 60 minutes to every 30 minutes at all other times.
  • Renamed to route TX7 to make it clear it is a theme park service. 

What does it mean for me?

  • Enjoy a morning or afternoon out with services travelling to and from the theme parks every half-hour during the day.
  • Travelling from the southern Gold Coast? Travel to Helensvale station, then connect with the TX7. 

 

Current route 720

Proposed route TX7

High demand period and direction

Northbound 9am-12pm and Southbound 3pm-6pm)

Frequency: 30 minutes

Frequency: 10 minutes

(Northbound 9am-12pm and Southbound 3-6pm)

Hours: 8.39am – 6.42pm

Hours: 8.08am – 6.43pm

Other times

Northbound 8am-9am, Northbound 12pm-6pm, Southbound 9am-3pm)

Frequency: 60 minutes

Frequency: 30 minutes

(Northbound 8am-9am, Northbound 12pm-6pm, Southbound 9am-3pm)

Hours: 8.39am – 6.42pm

Hours: 8.08am – 6.43pm

What are the proposed changes?

  • Will become a high frequency turn up and go service
  • Weekday frequency will increase from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes between 7am-7pm.
  • Weekend frequency will increase from every 60 minutes to every 15 minutes between 7am-7pm.
  • Extended operating hours on weekdays and weekends.

What does it mean for me?

  • Buses every 15 minutes between 7am to 7pm, so you can get to where you need to go with less waiting time.
  • Increased hours so you can catch a bus till 10:30pm every night.  
  • Improved connections with trains at Varsity Lakes so you have less time waiting to transfer to your train.

 

Current route 765

Proposed route 765

Weekday services

Frequency: 30 minutes

Frequency: 15 minutes (7am - 7pm)

Hours: 5am – 9.56pm

Hours: 5am – 10.34pm

Weekend services

Frequency: 30 minutes

Frequency: 15 minutes (7am - 7pm)

Hours: 6am – 8pm

Hours: 6am – 10.24pm

What are the proposed changes?

  • This route will be removed as it duplicates the G:link in some places
  • Removing this route makes better use of the G:link and allows us to reinvest our savings to run buses more frequently on routes 720 and 765. 

What does it mean for me?

  • Travelling from the southern Gold Coast? Travel to Helensvale station, then connect with the TX7. .  
  • Buses travelling to Broadbeach South station include 700, 777, 705, 731, 736,738, 741, 743, 744, 745, 750, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755 and 756.
  • Travelling from northern Gold Coast? Get a bus to Helensvale station and connect with the TX7.
  • Buses travelling to Helensvale station include routes 704, 710, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 723, 725 and 727. 
  • Customers coming from Coomera station can also catch route TX7 (current route 720) direct to the theme parks. 

What are the proposed changes?

  • This route will be removed as it duplicates the G:link in some places
  • Removing this route makes better use of the G:link and allows us to reinvest our savings to run buses more frequently on routes 720 and 765. 

What does it mean for me?

  • Travelling from the southern Gold Coast? Travel to Helensvale station, then connect with the TX7. 
  • Buses travelling to Broadbeach South station include 700, 777, 705, 731, 736,738, 741, 743, 744, 745, 750, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755 and 756.
  • Travelling from northern Gold Coast? Get a bus to Helensvale station and connect with the TX7.
  • Buses travelling to Helensvale station include routes 704, 710, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 723, 725 and 727. 
  • Customers coming from Coomera station can also catch route TX7 (current route 720) direct to the theme parks. 

What are the proposed changes?

  • This route will be removed as it duplicates the G:link in some places
  • Removing this route makes better use of the G:link and allows us to reinvest our savings to run buses more frequently on routes 720 and 765. 

What does it mean for me?

  • Travelling from the southern Gold Coast? Travel to Helensvale station, then connect with the TX7. 
  • Buses travelling to Broadbeach South station include 700, 777, 705, 731, 736,738, 741, 743, 744, 745, 750, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755 and 756.
  • Travelling from northern Gold Coast? Get a bus to Helensvale station and connect with the TX7.
  • Buses travelling to Helensvale station include routes 704, 710, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 723, 725 and 727. 
  • Customers coming from Coomera station can also catch route TX7 (current route 720) direct to the theme parks. 

Interactive map

Use the below map to view your new local bus network. It's as easy as selecting the check box next to your bus route.

*There are no changes to the route’s alignment.