Gold Coast’s Light Rail Is Ready To Handle 2018 Commonwealth Games Demand

Gold Coast’s Light Rail Is Ready To Handle 2018 Commonwealth Games Demand

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey

Light Rail Will Run Nonstop During Games

Victor P Taffa

Gold Coast’s light rail network will operate 24 hours a day, every day during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, ensuring demand for services is met during the event.

Speaking ahead of the 4 February GC2018 public transport timetable launch Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said trams would run every 6 minutes during peak event periods.

“This is just one of the ways the Palaszczuk Government is going above and beyond to keep people moving during the games.” Minister Bailey said.

“There is going to be a massive influx of people during the games, but we are confident we have done the planning to make sure this is an incredibly successful event.”

Announcement follows the successful launch of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 in December, which has seamlessly connected the light rail network to the heavy rail network at Helensvale Station.

Minister Bailey said he could also release new patronage figures, which showed a staggering 110,863 trips had been made from stage 2 stations up to January 28.

“Overall increase in patronage across Gold Coast Light Rail since stage 2 opened, when compared with the same period last year, was 27 % or an extra 245,259 trips.” Minister Bailey said.

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey

Gold Coast Light Rail Tram Cars

 

 

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said 14 trams were now being used for standard peak periods, and that would increase to up to 17 trams during GC2018.

“Gold Coast now has one of the most integrated public transport networks in the state with some of the most frequent services.” Minister Jones said.

“Palaszczuk Government has done the work needed to make GC2018 one of the best games ever.”

Background:

  • Peak periods are between 7-10 am and 4-10 pm.
  • 6 minute frequency timetabling will continue past 10 pm every Games day to maximise convenience.