We are being given a chance to comment on the transport ideas for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Draft Transport Plan is now open for public comment.
It outlines how the thousands of athletes and officials, 1.5 million spectators, tens of thousands of workforce and volunteers and up to 3000 media can get to their event venues efficiently and on time, while keeping the Gold Coast and the event cities of Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns moving.
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It also aims to provide residents and businesses with information on proposed temporary changes to transport services and road networks to minimise inconvenience, calling on people to plan ahead and prepare for changes to their normal travel patterns during the Games.
With industry, business, freight operators and the local community playing a vital role in its success, a three-month public consultation process opens today with an industry stakeholder briefing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation’s (GOLDOC) Ashmore headquarters.
The draft TOP has been jointly developed by GOLDOC, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the City of Gold Coast.
The draft TOP expands on the GC2018 Transport Strategic Plan released in 2014 and takes into account forecast travel requirements, the evolving competition program, previous feedback from key industry stakeholders and learnings from other major events on the Gold Coast and in other event cities.
The draft plan discusses how transport will operate during the Games, by:
” outlining how public transport services will be modified to move more people
” explaining the extra traffic management measures that will be in place
” outlining how specific travel behaviours will be encouraged to help keep the Gold Coast moving during the Games
” calling on the public to take an active role in this significant transport task, which is critical to making sure the Games are a success.
“We encourage the community to have a say on what transport topics are most important to them and share their local knowledge, to help us understand how we can provide solutions to GC2018 transport challenges,” said GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC.
Visit www.gc2018.com/top to read the draft plan and submit your feedback.
Public comment on the plan is open until 28 February 2017, with the final Transport Operations Plan due to be released in mid-2017.
Peter Beattie AC – Chairman Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
“Delivering transport for the Commonwealth Games is a significant task and one that requires careful planning and smart investment,” Mr Beattie said.
“Each day of GC2018 will be different, but as organisers of this huge international multi-sport event, it is just so important that we get the athletes to their competitions with the right mindset, the spectators to their seats on time and that we minimise disruption and maximise legacy benefits for the Gold Coast and beyond.
“And we will be promoting public transport and active transport such as walking and cycling so residents of the Gold Coast particularly embrace efficient and healthy ways of getting around the city that they may not have considered before,” he said.
Mark Peters – CEO Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
“During the Games there will be higher-than-average demands on parts of the transport networks and identifying and addressing the hotspots early will be one of the keys to a successful event,” Mr Peters said.
“That is where we are currently at in the process; identifying the fine detail that will keep our Games moving and on time.
Tom Tate – City of Gold Coast Mayor
“The Gold Coast will be open for business in April 2018, but things will operate differently,” Mayor Tate said.
“As well as the Draft Transport Operations Plan, we are working to deliver a comprehensive readiness program to ensure everyone is prepared to embrace this once-in-a-lifetime event.
“The city readiness program will identify temporary changes needed to ensure the Gold Coast will stage a safe and successful Commonwealth Games while ensuring residents and visitors get the most out of the Games experience.”
“The comment period will remain open until the end of February next year because it is important that the community engages in the transport planning right now and everyone understands the important role they can play in making Games-time transportation a success,” he said.