Games transport network put to the test during Opening Ceremony rehearsals

Good news for people heading to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, it seems the transport network is ready to go after being put through its paces during two Opening Ceremony dress rehearsals over the weekend.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said several years of planning had been put in to action and the results had been pleasing.

‘‘The two dress rehearsals, on Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April, provided the perfect trial run for our Games-time public transport planning,’’ Mr Bailey said.


‘‘With just one day to go until the start of the Games I am pleased to say the network has performed well and delivered as we expected.”

Minister Bailey said about 30,000 people attended the two rehearsal events from all over South-East Queensland, with the transport network able to respond quickly to deal with the extra demand.

“The whole precinct was cleared in just over an hour which is a fantastic result when you’re moving that many people.”

Mr Bailey said high-frequency public transport timetables were being rolled out across the Gold Coast during the Games.

‘‘G:Link services began 24/7 operations on Sunday while trains on the Gold Coast line will begin 24 hour service on Thursday with trains set to run on average every 10 minutes or better.

‘‘We’ll also run extra special event train services to support the Opening and Closing Ceremonies on 4 and 15 April.

‘‘By providing more seats and higher frequency services across heavy rail, light rail and Game’s shuttle buses we can help keep spectators moving and provide a seamless end-to-end journey for all commuters.’’

People are being encouraged to plan their journey through the GC2018 Journey Planner website or through the official GC2018 app.