FESTIVAL FANS heading to the Gold Coast Big Day Out this Sunday, 19 January, are encouraged to leave the car at home and catch public transport to and from Metricon Stadium at Carrara.
TransLink spokesperson Kirby Orr said customers had plenty of public transport options to travel to the stadium, with additional services scheduled to transport people to and from the event.
“With next to no parking near Metricon Stadium, don’t spend your time searching for a car park; there’s plenty of public transport options available to you, including extra trains, TransLink buses and private shuttle buses operating to and from the event,” Ms Orr said.
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“Festival goers can travel by train to Nerang station, then transfer to a shuttle bus to Metricon Stadium.
“In addition to timetabled services, two additional trains will operate in the evening, departing Nerang station at 9.37pm (stopping all stations to Beenleigh station) and at 11.40pm (stopping all stations to Central station—this train will not connect with suburban services from CBD stations).
“The last inbound train to connect with suburban services from CBD stations departs Nerang station at 8.59pm on Sunday evening.
“All customers should plan their journeys before traveling to avoid disappointment, particularly those people planning to travel home after the event by train.
“Urban bus routes 700, 709 and 750 travel to the stadium and extra buses have been scheduled on these routes to cater for the increased demand.
“Local bus operator Surfside Buslines (www.surfside.com.au) will operate a shuttle service from 10am to 4pm traveling to Metricon stadium from Nerang station; Boowaggan park ‘n’ ride at Merrimac; and Victoria Park at Broadbeach. Return shuttles will operate between 7.30pm and 11pm.”
Normal TransLink fares will apply on all scheduled TransLink services. An additional cost applies to shuttle buses, which are operated by Surfside Buslines ($10 flat rate for single and return journeys).
Buses will replace trains between Sherwood and Rosewood stations on the Ipswich/Rosewood and Springfield lines from the first scheduled service on Saturday, 18 January until the last scheduled service on Sunday, 19 January.
Customers travelling on the Ipswich/Rosewood and Springfield lines should allow an extra 60 minutes travel time due to this closure.
For more information and to plan your journey, visit www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30, anytime.