With 6600 athletes and officials, 50,000 workers and volunteers, 3000 media and around 1.5 million spectators expected at next year’s Commonwealth Games, Mayor Tom Tate is warning locals – especially business owners – to plan alternative working arrangements or risk gridlock.
The Mayor said everyone must think ahead.
“Six million extra journeys are estimated to be made across Gold Coast roads during the Games,” said Mayor Tom Tate.
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“It’s no secret our transport networks will be under pressure during the Games, so by reducing non-Games travel during our busiest times we can help ensure the success of the Games.
“Some businesses may be able to implement flexible working hours and others may think about rescheduling deliveries. We want all businesses to engage with this program to ensure they are prepared for what will be an incredible event for our city.”
The advice came as the Mayor launched the GC2018 Travel Advice for Business Program, which includes engagement sessions, workshops, drop-in sessions and a supporting website.
The Program asks Gold Coast businesses to consider:
- REDUCING non-essential travel during the Games period
- ALLOWING flexible work patterns to help staff travel in non-busy times
- ENCOURAGING staff to use alternative modes of travel such as walking, cycling or taking public transport where possible
- REVIEWING freight, servicing and delivery needs and working with their suppliers to find solutions.