GOLD Coasters are invited to have their say on the first draft of the Transport Strategic Plan that will keep the city moving during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018).
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said the plan lays the foundation to ensure that athletes and team officials, spectators, residents and visitors are transported in a timely, efficient and comfortable manner during the Games.
“The plan will manage the Games-time movement of 6,500 athletes and team officials, approximately 3,000 accredited media, 1,000 technical officials, a GC2018 workforce and contractor team of more than 30,000, up to 15,000 volunteers and many thousands of ticketed spectators,” he said.
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In line with the Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031, the plan focuses on public and active transport as the primary means of travel to GC2018 events. The GC2018 plan includes free travel on public transport for ticketed spectators within a defined area.
There will be investment in public transport and pedestrian, cycle and road network improvements ahead of the Games that will deliver ongoing benefits including reduced congestion, better health and cleaner air.
Mr Peters said localised changes to the road network and transport system will take place during GC2018 due to the higher-than-average demand on parts of the transport network.
“It will be important to minimise unexpected delays on the road network and transport system.”
Mr Peters said the release of the draft strategic plan for consultation is the first step in preparing the community on transport initiatives well ahead of Games.
“The draft plan will be amended as required following community and business consultation with further opportunity to comment on more detailed operational plans as they are developed over the next three years,” he said.
More detailed information on GC2018 transport and how venue access and traffic will be managed will be developed as operational and readiness planning occurs.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will be staged from 4 – 15 April, 2018.
For more on the draft Transport Strategic Plan, visit gc2018.com/transportplan