11 months out – but GC locals urged to plan now for Comm Games

Organisers are already starting to educate Gold Coast locals about the need to forward plan their travel to and from their homes during next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Organisers have attempted to teach locals the ‘Four R’s’ –  re-time, re-mode, re-route and reduce.

The aim of the education program would be to help motorists plan their journeys, whether that be to work, the shops or the school pick-up, when more than 1.5 million spectators hit the coast in April.

RACQ’s Renee Smith recommended locals swap their cars for public transport or even consider walking or cycling where possible.

“We know there will always be some delays during the Games, especially on the M1, which is why it’s so important to plan ahead,” Ms Smith said.

“Public transport is a great option, the light rail will be up and running, as well as free commuter transport to the venues from Gold Coast stations.”

Permanent cycling facilities and walkways will also be improved before the Games start in April.

TransLink told the Gold Coast Bulletin the transport plan for the Games was still in development.

“During GC2018, local bus routes, light rail and heavy rail will cater for the local community as well as visitor travel and include access to accommodation and business precincts, Gold Coast Airport and arts and cultural activities,” a Translink spokesperson said.

“The Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension and Helensvale to Coomera duplication will significantly improve public transport travel between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and play a critical role in transporting spectators and workforce to GC2018 competition venues.

“The Gold Coast rail line and stations will also continue to cater for the normal local community.”