Commonwealth Games – just 9 weeks away!
It’s hard to believe the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is a matter of weeks away and for the more than hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to flock to the Glitter Strip, now is the time to start planning.
Event organisers are anticipating an extra 6 million journeys will be taken between 4 April – 15 April. Each day of the Games will bring different transport conditions – expect road closures, security checkpoints and congestion hotspots.
Here are our top tips to help you avoid being caught short, or stuck in traffic, so you don’t miss the start of the race.
Don’t leave your trip planning to the last minute. Use the GC 2018 Journey Planner, available soon, to figure out the best way to get to and from venues, festival hubs and other locations.
Consider a stay-cation – especially if you live in Brisbane. But book your accommodation early, and consider staying close to the venues so that you can walk or cycle.
Leave the car at home
There will be no venue parking and significant road closures, our advice is to ditch the car and to take public transport. While there will be some park n ride facilities available they have to be booked well in advance. But be warned there are only 10,000 car spots available at any time.
Take public transport
There is free public transport for all ticketed spectators travelling to and from competition event on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
Allow more time for travel
Even if you’re not travelling to the Games but still need to drive through the Gold Coast, allow more time. The M1 is expected to be significantly busier than usual with long delays during peak times.
From 1 March, there will be a range of initiatives to assist with traffic flow including reduced speeds from the Eight Mile Plains exit down to the Smith Street exit.
- Tips for traveling on the M1 Motorway toward the Gold Coast from Brisbane:
- Aim to travel very early in the morning before the usual peak, during the middle part of the day from about midday to 3pm or later in the evening from 7pm.
- Tips for travelling on the M1 Motorway toward Brisbane from the Gold Coast:
- Aim to travel either before 3pm or from 7pm. However, we expect the M1 will be significantly busier from about 10pm after each days’ events conclude.
The busiest sections of the M1 Motorway are expected to be:
Beenleigh to Coomera
- The M1 in both directions from Exit 34 (Beenleigh) to Exit 54 (Coomera) is expected to be busier than usual in both directions 6am to midnight.
Coomera and Oxenford
- The M1 in both directions around Exits 54 (Coomera) and 57 (Oxenford) is expected to be busier than usual in both directions 6am to midnight.
- Exits 54 (Coomera) and 57 (Oxenford) are expected to be significantly busier than usual 8am to 6pm.
- Exit 62 (Helensvale south) is expected to be busy than usual all day.
- The M1 in both directions around Exit 62 (Helensvale South) is expected to be significantly busier from 6am to 9am 4pm-midnight.
- Exit 66 (Southport) near Smith Street is expected to be significantly busier than usual in the afternoon and evening period every day.
- The M1 in both directions around Exit 82 (Robina) is expected to be busy from 9am to midday on most days.
- The M1 in both directions near Exit 82 (Robina) is expected to be significantly busier than usual in the afternoon and evening period between 3pm-8pm every day.
- The M1 southbound near Exit 95 (Currumbin Creek) is expected to be significantly busier than usual from 3pm to midnight for the entire Games.
- The M1 northbound near Exit 95 (Currumbin Creek) is expected to be 6am to 11am and 2pm to 7pm every day for the entire Games.
For more information about travelling to and from the Commonwealth Games and the best ways to plan ahead, visit https://www.getsetforthegames.com/