The Chairman of GOLDOC Peter Beattie has reassured Gold Coasters that his team has considered all suggestions to reduce congestion on the M1 and around the city during the Commonwealth Games, and that any congestion happening now is no indication of what it will be like during next year’s event.
“How do you deal with an issue where there are obvious challenges, like the M1 – you plan for it,” Mr Beattie told a press conference today.
He stressed that GOLDOC’s planning involved multiple strategies, and that most of those strategies won’t be seen until the actual event.
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“You all know that the tickets to the Games includes free public transport. There’ll be significant heavy rail increases which will bring a large number of people out of Brisbane on heavy rail. They get off at places like Helensvale, they then get on a bus or light rail,” he said.
“In addition to that … one of the considerations that the Department of Transport came up with was that if you reduce the speed limit by 10km – from 110 to 100, and from 100 to 90 … you reduce the number of accidents.”
Mr Beattie also noted that during the Games there would be:
- an increase in the amount of public transport;
- limitations on trucks over 4.5 tonnes to the outside two lanes of the M1;
- increased policing of the M1;
- tow trucks strategically placed to remove accidents as soon as possible after they happen;
- 13 park-and-rides across the city;
- 10,000 additional car spaces.
“So no-one has [yet] seen the benefits that will take place,” Mr Beattie said.
Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also added that the State Government has been working alongside GOLDOC.
“We know how important it is to deliver the best games ever – to get people travelling from point A to point B.
“We’re also encouraging people to come down here and stay in the Gold Coast vicinity to experience everything the Games has to offer,” said the Premier.