Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate together announced trains, buses and trams would operate around the clock in just one measure aimed at boosting infrastructure to cope with the influx of competitors and spectators expected to descend on the Gold Coast in April.
“The Palaszczuk Government is absolutely focussed on ensuring that more than one million spectators, around 6600 athletes and team officials, 50,000 workers and volunteers, 3500 accredited media representatives arrive safely and on time,” Mr Bailey said.
“We’re expecting six million extra journeys on our transport network for the games…and we now have a fully integrated transport system on the Gold Coast that offers a world class light rail service, 13 extra Park ‘n’ Rides, a duplicated heavy rail track, with high frequency shuttle buses and a massively expanded bus fleet getting most spectators to venues.”
RACQ’s Paul Turner said an integrated public transport plan was the way to go.
“Spectators and residents on the Gold Coast and Brisbane need to have options as to how they’re going to get around once competition begins,” Mr Turner said.
“We need reliable public transport options to try to steer people clear of the roads, which we know will be affected by road closures and changes to speed limits.”
The Government today confirmed speed reductions would be put in place on the M1 from 1 March, with 110 km/h zones dropping to 100km/h and 100km/h zones to 90km/h. It said dropping the speed limit and introducing ramp metering was a proven way to improve travel speeds during peak times and reduce the number of crashes.
“RACQ will also be doing its bit to help reduce congestion throughout the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Turner said.
“We’ll have extra Traffic Response Unit personnel on shift to ensure any incidents on the M1 and surrounding streets are cleared quickly, and traffic flows freely.”
The Government was still yet to launch its Journey Planner but spectators were encouraged to familiarise themselves with changes to public transport timetables and view interactive travel maps which showed particular areas likely to be busy during the Games.
Some of the measures included in the Commonwealth Games Transport Plan included:
- A tripling of the number of train services on the Gold Coast, with services running on average every 10 minutes
- Tram services to run every six minutes during peak periods
- An additional 4000 daily bus services provided along 12 existing bus routes
- 20 dedicated event shuttle bus routes, connecting main sporting venues with accommodation and sporting precincts
- Games competitors would be allowed to travel along the shoulder of the M1 with police escort
- Police deployment of additional speed enforcement measures, including trailer mounted speed cameras
- Establishment of a Transport Coordination Centre to monitor roads and public transport hubs throughout the Commonwealth Games.
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