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After endless preparation and speculation, the Games are finally just around the corner!
Gold Coast Property has done our research and compiled key info for us Gold Coasters to survive the Comm Games.
During the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, we will experience increased pressure on transport and road networks, with over 6 million additional journeys expected over the Games period. To manage this increase in demand, temporary changes will be implemented around the event cities leading up to the Games, including localised road closures, diversions and removal of on-street parking in some areas.
Get Set For The Games has created a simple interactive map to help you understand more about how your journey could be affected if you choose to travel in your usual way. This map includes information such as when and where roads and public transport are expected to be busy in the Gold Coast area, and details of local road closures and changes to parking arrangements. This is not a journey planner and it will not provide real-time information.
Hosting the Games will be a great opportunity for us all as we welcome hundreds of thousands of people. As the first Commonwealth Games held in a regional City, this is our opportunity to showcase the area to the world. We encourage you to make the most of this great experience by considering small changes to the way in which you usually travel so you don’t get caught out by the crowds.
If you can’t make a change every day of the Games, try focusing on making changes on the busiest days of the Games. Monday 9 April 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018 is expected to be the busiest period, with Tuesday 10 April 2018 and Saturday 14 April 2018 expected to be exceptionally busy.
If we all do our bit and temporarily change the way we travel during the Games, together we will keep the area moving. More detailed information will be available soon on busiest times and locations.
The Pacific Motorway (M1) connects Brisbane and the Gold Coast and is one of the key routes for athletes and officials travelling to and from the Commonwealth Games Village (CGV) to competition venues in Brisbane and for spectators attending events between the cities, as well as business as usual commuting.
The safe and reliable movement of athletes, officials and spectators between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is critical to ensuring a successful event. To maximise this a range of initiatives have been designed to reduce congestion, maximise capacity and improve the reliability of the M1 for the duration of GC2018.
The Gold Coast is serviced by an integrated network of train, tram and local bus services, making public transport a great way to get around during GC2018.
As the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and with more than a million tickets sold, extra public transport services will operate during GC2018.
GC2018 timetable changes include:
- Tram (G:link):
- trams will run 24 hours a day from 4 – 15 April, with a service every 7.5 minutes or better from 7am – 11pm. In peak event periods there will be a tram every six minutes.
- Local bus:
- 12 high-frequency bus routes will run every 15 minutes or better between 7am and 7pm from 4 – 15 April. Some routes will operate later in the evening depending on the competition schedule.
- Gold Coast line services will be tripled to run on average every 10 minutes or better from 5 – 15 April. Between 1am – 5am, hourly services will operate.
- From 3 – 4 and 16 – 20 April, Gold Coast line trains will run every 15 minutes or better in peak periods, and every 30 minutes in off-peak periods.
- Extra special event train services will also run to support the Opening and Closing Ceremonies on 4 and 15 April.
The operation of large frequently stopping vehicles such as garbage trucks in kerbside lanes has the potential to disrupt the operation of traffic during GC2018. Additionally, large vehicles operating in busy pedestrian traffic areas should be avoided. As a result, changes to waste collections services will be required.
Collection times will change and in most cases will be earlier than usual in the weeks leading up to and during the Games.
For the period 19 March 2018 until 20 April 2018 your bins will need to be accessible for collection from midnight, the night prior to the usual service day, rather than the usual 6am start time. This will ensure the collection vehicles are able to complete all services prior to increased pedestrian and vehicle movement.
Please note that if a bin is not available for collection, it is unlikely that the waste collection vehicle can return later in the day due to the traffic control measures that will be in place that will restrict access.
In a very small number of situations, a temporary change of service day will be required. Affected properties will be notified directly of any required changes.
Temporary closure of Merrimac Waste and Recycling Centre 2 April – 15 April inclusive
Due to temporary games impacts, the Merrimac Waste and Recycling Centre (located at Boowaggan Road, Merrimac) will be closed from 2 April – 15 April inclusive. During the temporary closure, we recommend residents utilise the Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre, located at 61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads. This centre is open 7am to 4.50pm daily, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Open spaces, park and recreational areas
Some parks and open spaces across the city will be used during GC2018 for a range of purposes including temporary park ‘n’ rides, event venues and celebration zones. During this time access to these spaces may be restricted.
The City is working to ensure as many picnic areas and toilets remain accessible. Around each event venue area, there may be some changes to use. These public spaces will continue to be maintained daily.
Most facilities will be available during GC2018. If they are closed, then nearby alternatives will be made available.
Our beaches will remain accessible and lifeguards and Surf Lifesaving Queensland will continue their usual operations. There may be changes to how and where you access the beach at certain times during event days.
More information about these temporary changes will be provided in early 2018.
Water and sewer shutdowns
For the period between 1 March 2018 and 15 April 2018, applications for water and sewer shutdowns may be restricted over this period and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, the City’s water and sewerage network control personnel will be prioritising matters related to GC2018 during this period. As such, the availability of officers to provide shut-down services to facilitate final connections across the city will be severely limited.
During the GC2018 period, the City requests that developers, consultants and contractors programme their works accordingly to avoid delays within their developments.
The City apologises for any inconvenience caused, and thanks you for your patience during this important event for the City and our community.
Source: Get Set For The Games