The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ traffic plan is expected to take the equivalent of more than 50,000 cars off the M1.
Games Minister Kate Jones said partners had developed the plan to significantly boost public transport options during the games.
“With the ticket request process opening on 24 April, we want to ensure people coming to the Games know what extra public transport services will be available to make their Games’ experience an enjoyable one,” Ms Jones said.
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Ms Jones said an extensive range of accommodation options on the Gold Coast, increased public transport – including park and ride facilities, and congestion busting measures for the M1 were the three planks of the transport plan.
“First and foremost we want to encourage spectators to stay on the Gold Coast during the Games,” she said.
“We want everyone to make the most of what the Gold Coast has to offer by either staying with friends and family or taking advantage of more than 30,000 accommodation options.
“For those unable to stay on the coast, we want to make public transport the preferred option.
“During Games time we will increase the number of trains running between Brisbane and the Gold Coast in peak periods and provide event shuttle buses.
“In addition 13 temporary park ‘n’ ride sites will be set up with more than 10,000 car spaces available.
“We have ensured every ticket includes free public transport throughout the South East Queensland Translink public transport network.”
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said a number of temporary measures would be introduced to reduce congestion, maximise capacity and improve the reliability of the M1 for the duration of the Games.
“During the Games, the M1 will be one of the key routes for athletes and officials travelling to and from the Games Village to competition venues in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast,” Mr Bailey said.
“It is important to the success of the Games that we keep traffic moving on the M1.”
Mr Bailey said temporary measures to improve traffic flow on the M1 included:
- Restricting trucks over 4.5 tonnes to the two left lanes from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Nerang-Broadbeach Road, from August 2017 onwards.
- Allowing vehicles carrying athletes and officials under police escort to travel along the hard shoulder of a section of the M1 from Smith St to Hope Island at low speed if there is congestion that may prevent them from arriving at an event on time.
- Reducing the speed in the 100km/h zone by 10 km/h to 90km/h from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Logan Motorway interchange.
- Reducing the speed in the 110km/h speed zone by 10km/h to 100km/h from the Logan Motorway Interchange to Smith Street (Exit 66).
- Temporary ramp management at the south bound Gold Coast Highway and Smith Street on-ramps.
- Additional Traffic Response Units and towing vehicles to ensure incidents are cleared as quickly as possible.
We have been working with peak bodies including the RACQ and
Queensland Trucking Association and we are confident we can improve the safety and journey time reliability for motorists travelling on the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast during the Games,” Mr Bailey said.
Mayor of City of Gold Coast Tom Tate said transport was the number one issue Gold Coasters raise when it comes to the 2018 Games.
“Gold Coasters rightly want to know about their options when moving about the city, not only to enjoy the games, but to continue with their work and travel commitments,” Mayor Tate said.
“I’m delighted the State Government is on the front foot with smart solutions for athletes, officials, spectators and residents moving about the city during this significant event.”
Ms Jones said the final Transport Operations Plan would be released in due course.
Games Boss Peter Beattie said the idea of reducing the speed limit on the M1 is to reduce the chance of someone having an accident. Trucks will also be kept to certain lanes.
He said by doubling train services, increasing park n ride options and allowing ticketholders to ride for free, they hope more people will take public transport to events.
Mr Beattie encouraged residents to apply for tickets from Monday.