The Queensland Government says the final plans are being put in place to make sure the Gold Coast rail network can cope during the Commonwealth Games, with the system expected to see a massive increase in usage.
The plan will include installing rapid response maintenance hubs up and down the Gold Coast line that will make it easier for authorities to respond if there is an issue.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said an immense amount of work had gone into boosting operational preparedness in the South East, to cope with the extra demands the Games period would place on the network.
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“Services on the Gold Coast line will more than triple to meet demand during the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Bailey said.
“To ensure the reliability of these services, Queensland Rail is installing temporary maintenance hubs up and down the Gold Coast line so that rapid response teams can be dispatched quickly to deal with any network issues.
“The rapid response maintenance hubs are purpose-built temporary facilities to position key employees from network, security, operations and the Queensland Police Service rail squad where they are needed most.
“The hubs also house additional tools and spare equipment in order to rectify network issues as soon as possible and minimise potential delays to those travelling to or from the Games.
“Permanent hubs are being installed at Roma Street, Dutton Park and Banoon, with a hub already situated at Beenleigh/Holmview.
“Temporary hubs will be situated at Coomera and Robina – two of the busiest stations on the Gold Coast line – to provide an enhanced response to incidents that occur nearby.
“For example, if a car strikes a boom gate, rapid response teams will be dispatched quickly to rectify the issue to ensure the prompt continuation of services.”
“The hubs will interact with Queensland Rail’s Rail Management Centre in Brisbane, who will feed information through and coordinate a response to the incident.
“Like any rail network across the world, unplanned disruptions can occur on Queensland Rail’s network from time to time.
“What’s important is that Queensland Rail recovers services as quickly as possible following an unplanned disruption and these rapid response hubs best place Queensland Rail to do that.
“The final preparations are currently underway to relocate staff and resources to these hubs, with teams ready to respond from the first day of the Games.
“The Palaszczuk Government also invested $163 million to duplicate the heavy rail line between Helensvale and Coomera to support 24 hour rail services for the Games.”