The ability for transport crews to respond to any road or rail issue during the upcoming Commonwealth Games has been given a major boost with the launch of the new transport coordination centre on the Gold Coast today.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey described the facility as the “nerve centre” for the games transport network.
“It will produce timely, consistent and effective decision making, response and messaging during GC2018 and beyond,” Mr Bailey said.
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The custom-built, multi-agency Transport Coordination Centre will be responsible for monitoring and responding to issues impacting road traffic, trains, buses, light rail and event shuttle buses during the Games.
Mr Bailey said the centre was the focal point of a broader network of infrastructure introduced to ensure the Games ran as smoothly as possible.
“The Gold Coast’s transport network has enhanced through an investment of almost $1 billion as part of preparedness for the Games, and to leave a lasting legacy,” he said.
“At any time, the Transport Centre houses more than 100 experienced operators from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the City of Gold Coast, GOLDOC, and Roads and Maritime Services for cross border management.”
He said representatives from QPS, QFES, QAS and ADF as well as public transport representatives from QR, light rail and bus operations will also play an active role in the centre.
Thousands of people are expected to make the most of the coast’s public transport when the Commonwealth Games kick off on April 4.