HUNDREDS of people were left stranded at a major transport interchange for hours last night, waiting for a bus to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
Twenty-three additional buses needed to be dispatched to help clear the backlog and get people from Broadbeach to the Games stadium at Carrara in time for the 8pm start.
By 7pm, however, the queues had cleared and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie said everyone was in the stadium by 7.45, 15 before the ceremony was due to begin.
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But the drama didn’t stop there, with hundreds if not thousands of spectators left stranded again at the stadium at the end of the night, waiting to get a seat on a bus back to their original departure spot.
Crowds were still queuing outside the stadium, waiting for a bus back to Broadbeach at 1am.
— Andydee81 (@andydee81) April 4, 2018
— Jenny R Hurley (@HurleyJenny) April 4, 2018
@7NewsMelbourne @9NewsAUS #GC2018 #7CommGames people who have been waiting for over an hour just watched organisers load a group who just arrived onto a bus. Not frustrated anymore this crowd is angry pic.twitter.com/U4VzSUYP5M
— Mark Corrie (@MarkCorrie) April 4, 2018
#gc2018 #CommonwealthGames @Channel7 @GCBulletin @channel9 #openingceremony @ABC @abcgoldcoast 2 hr bus queue to leave opening ceremony. That’s after a 1.5 hour wait for a bus to get here. Complete gridlock nightmare. pic.twitter.com/uUIsO5t1tj
— John Clifford (@JPCliff) April 4, 2018
— ZeroPants Gamer (@zeropants_gamer) April 4, 2018
Total transport fail last night. No buses from Kurrawa SC to start the night. Then huge lines when leaving. Finally on bus at 1.20am back to Broadbeach. Bet @SmartState1 was tucked in bed way before that #CG2018 @7NewsBrisbane
— Ronny Grima (@RonnyG62) April 4, 2018