A NUMBER of designated ‘Games Lanes’ are being line-marked on roads across the Gold Coast as final touches are made on the transport network ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Games Lanes will be reserved for the exclusive use of accredited vehicles travelling along the Games Route Network which links the Athletes Village with competition and training venues across the city.
Work to establish the Games Lanes commenced this week and is being carried out at selected locations on the Smith Street Motorway and the Gold Coast Highway.
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Line-marking is also being carried out at the intersection of Nerang-Broadbeach Road and Hooker Boulevard, as well as the intersection of Ross Street, Currumburra Road and Olsen Avenue.
Games Lanes will generally be located in the existing far right lanes, with only a few in the far left lane.
No Games Lanes will be implemented on the M1, which makes up part of the Games Route Network.
Transport and Main Roads Director General Neil Scales said while the lanes would provide efficient transport for athletes and officials, he was equally committed to keeping the rest of the city moving during the Games.
“I can assure all motorists that no Games Lanes will be implemented on the M1, and the roads which comprise the Games Route Network will still remain open and available for use by all traffic except for where there are road closures in place,” Mr Scales said.
“But Games Lanes will be for exclusive use by accredited vehicles only, including TransLink branded buses, emergency vehicles and vehicles being escorted by an emergency vehicle.
“Other vehicles can still use Games Lanes for up to 100 metres to turn at an intersection, to enter or exit a property/road, or avoid an obstruction but their use will be closely monitored,” he said.
Games Lanes will be operational from late-March, and under the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER), a fine will apply to unaccredited vehicles caught using them.
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