Life starts returning to normal for Gold Coasters following the Games

LIFE is starting to return to normal for locals on the Gold Coast following the Commonwealth Games.

The tourist city looked more like a ghost town during the Games as locals heeded advise from event organisers and either left the Coast or stayed at home to avoid traffic chaos.

Following on from last night’s controversial closing ceremony at Carrara Stadium, organisers began deactivating Games Lanes that had been rolled out across the city for athletes early this morning.


The majority of closed roads are also progressively being re-opened across the Coast, but parking and access restrictions may still apply in some areas. Click here for full details.

From today, trains will also recommence servicing all stations as per their regular stopping patterns but they’ll continue to operate on a “altered” timetable for the next five days.

Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy said the temporary service changes would remain in place until Friday.

“Following the intense GC2018 period, an altered timetable will remain in place for the next five days,” he said.

“For customers on the Beenleigh and Gold Coast lines, train services will recommence servicing all stations on these lines as per the regular stopping patterns, however will run to altered times up until 20 April.

“During this time, trains on most lines across SEQ will run every 15 minutes or better in peak times, and every 30 minutes in off peak.

“We thank our customers for their understanding and patience while we supported a successful GC2018.”

Speed restrictions on the M1, however, will remain in place until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Park ‘n’ Rides at Robina, Varsity Lakes and Sleeman Sports Complex have re-opened for commuters, with other park ‘n’ rides set to re-open in the coming days.

The city’s waste collection services will also start returning to normal hours from Wednesday.