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Games Route Network and Games Lanes

The Games Route Network (GRN) is a series of designated roads that links the Commonwealth Games Village to all competition and non-competition venues and airports. It helps provide reliable transport operations for athletes and officials so they can get to their events on time. On some parts of the GRN, dedicated Games Lanes have been in place for the exclusive use of accredited vehicles.

From 5am on Monday 16 April, all Games Lanes are being deactivated and will be open to general traffic.

Major Events (Gold Coast Commonwealth Games) Regulation 2017

The Major Events (Gold Coast Commonwealth Games) Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) commenced on 29 September 2017. The Regulation prescribes GC2018 as a major event under the Act and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) as the major event organiser for GC2018.

The Regulation enables GOLDOC and the Queensland Government to meet Games time commitments and implement necessary arrangements associated with hosting the event, including temporary Games lanes to be in place for public transport and accredited Games family vehicles during the Games. Visit embracing2018.com for more details.

The GRN will integrate with the broader road network and public transport networks, pedestrian walk ways, cycle paths, and freight networks to help maintain business as usual operations.

The proposed GRN includes five route categories including:

  1. Core Route
  2. Competition Venue Routes
  3. Training Venue Routes
  4. Alternate Routes
  5. Port of Entry Routes.

Watch the video below to find out where the Games Route Network is located: 

Games Route Network Map

Download Games Route Network Map (PDF 118KB)

Who can use the GRN and what will be different?

As well as official Games transport, the GRN will also be used by shuttle buses transporting spectators and workforce to events, business as usual public transport services and general traffic.

Some sections of the GRN (for example, Games Lanes) will not be accessible to unauthorised road users.

To reduce congestion on the GRN we encourage you to pre-plan your trip and use alternative routes where available as you may experience increased congestion and delays.

Roads within the GRN will operate differently during GC2018 with temporary changed traffic conditions and heavier traffic volumes.

A range of temporary traffic management measures will be implemented to help provide reliable journey times for athletes and officials while minimising disruption to road users.

These measures will include a combination of:

  • dedicated Games Lanes
  • diversion routes
  • traffic signs and line markings
  • changes to traffic signal timings
  • restricted turns and/or road closures
  • intersection modifications
  • temporary closure or relocation of bus stops
  • parking restrictions and changes to local access around venues.

Dedicated Games Lanes

From 5am on Monday 16 April, all Games Lanes on the Gold Coast Highway, Smith Street, Hooker Boulevard/Nerang-Broadbeach Road and Ross Street/Olsen Avenue/ Currumburra Road will return to normal.

Please be aware works to remove the Games Lanes line marking will start in the coming days. These works will take place at night time when traffic volumes are lower.

Thank you for staying out of the Games Lanes. By keeping these lanes free for athletes and officials you’ve helped keep the Gold Coast moving during GC2018.

Games Lanes are dedicated traffic lanes in place for accredited vehicles to use during GC2018. They provide a priority traffic lane for accredited vehicles travelling along the Games Route Network which links the Commonwealth Games Village at Parklands to key venues at Southport, Broadbeach and Carrara.

Games Lanes were activated over the weekend of 30 March – 2 April and remained activated through to 15 April 2018. Specific activation periods are as follows:

  • 30 March – 15 April: Ross Street / Olsen Avenue section.
  • 31 March – 15 April: Smith Street between Olsen Avenue and High Street section.
  • 1 April – 15 April: Nerang-Broadbeach Road / Hooker Boulevard section.
  • 2 April – 15 April: Gold Coast Highway sections.

During these times, fines may apply if used by vehicles without appropriate authorisation.

Games Lanes can be used by general traffic until their official activation from 30 March 2018.

Games Lanes will facilitate reliable and predictable transport operations for athletes and officials, ensuring they can get to venues on time and competitions remain on schedule.

To find out more about the Games Lanes work – including who can use them and how to drive around them – watch the video below:

Download Games Lanes activation flyer (PDF 404KB)

Download Games Lanes line marking works flyer (PDF 122KB)

Locations of Games Lanes

Games Lanes will be in the following locations:

  • Gold Coast Highway between:
    • Marine Parade and Thomas Drive
    • Hooker Boulevard and Via Roma.
  • Hooker Boulevard / Nerang-Broadbeach Road between:
    • Nielsens Road and Sunshine (eastbound)
    • Rio Vista Boulevard to Gooding Drive roundabout (westbound).
  • Ross Street between Nerang-Broadbeach Road and Ashmore Road.
  • Olsen Avenue between Southport-Nerang Road and Smith Street Motorway.
  • Smith Street Motorway between Olsen Avenue and High Street.

There will be no Games Lanes on the Pacific Motorway (M1).

Games Lanes map

Download Games Lanes Map (PDF 638KB)

Which lanes are the Games Lanes in?

Most Games Lanes are located in the existing median lane (far right lane), however the following sections of the network will have Games Lanes in the existing kerbside lane (far left lane):

  • Northbound on Ross Street between Nerang-Broadbeach Road and Ashmore Road
  • Eastbound on Smith Street from Olsen Avenue to the Gold Coast Highway
  • Eastbound on Nerang-Broadbeach Road/Hooker Boulevard from Nielsen’s Road and Dunlops Canal Bridge.

Along Nerang-Broadbeach Road, bus lanes have been converted into Games Lanes.

TransLink branded buses are accredited to use the Games Lanes so they are not affected.

Who can use Games Lanes?

Vehicles permitted to use Games Lanes include:

  • Vehicles displaying a valid Vehicle Access and Parking Permit (VAPP) issued by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) including Games shuttle buses
  • TransLink branded buses
  • Police and emergency vehicles
  • Vehicles being escorted by police or an emergency vehicle.

Any other vehicles can use Games Lanes (for no more than 100 metres) to:

  • Enter/exit a road or property
  • Turn at an intersection
  • Avoid an obstruction.

Taxis, motorcycles and booked hire services are not permitted to use Games Lanes.

As most Games Lanes are located in the existing median lane, they are not suitable for cyclists to use.

How will they be enforced?

Games Lanes can be used by general traffic until their official activation from 30 March 2018.

After this date, use of Games Lanes will be tightly controlled and fines may apply if unaccredited vehicles use these lanes.  

This will apply until the end of the activation period on 15 April 2018.

What is the fine for using the Games Lanes?

Access to Games Lanes will be tightly controlled and fines of $252 will apply if unaccredited vehicles use these lanes. No demerits will apply.

How will I know I'm in a Games Lane?

There will be official blue/yellow Games Lanes signage and yellow line marking in place to mark the locations of Games Lanes.

When both the official blue/yellow Games Lanes signage and yellow line marking in place, Games Lanes are activated.

Games Lane signage and markings

Diversion routes

Non-Games related traffic on the GRN will be diverted away from competition venues to ensure key routes near venues are kept free flowing.

You may be required to take a diversion route rather than take the roads you normally use. 

Just follow the signs – diversions will be clearly signed to guide motorists.

Traffic signs and line markings

Signage and line marking will be installed to support the easy identification, operation and enforcement of the GRN, particularly at locations where Games Lanes are used.

When you are on the road, look out for GRN line marking and signage so you are aware of the changes.

Games Lane Image

Changes to traffic signals

Customised traffic signal timing and coordination plans will be applied to manage traffic flow and support travel time reliability for athletes’ and officials’ vehicles.

Traffic flow at some intersections along the GRN will give priority to Games traffic.  You may be delayed longer than usual at some intersections.

Restricted turns and/or road closures

Temporary restricted turns will be implemented to improve traffic flow along the GRN where required.

You may not be able to turn where you normally do and some roads you would normally travel on may be closed. To find out where these changes will be in place, view our road closures page.

Intersection modifications

Intersection modifications will be made to improve traffic flow in key areas where required.

The layout of some intersections may change so please drive with caution.

Temporary closure or relocation of bus stops

The temporary closure or relocation of some bus stops will be required to help manage traffic around venues and to ensure buses transporting athletes, officials, spectators and workforce can safely move to and from the venues.

If your bus service or stop is near a Games venue or road event course, it may be diverted or temporarily cancelled during the Games. For more details, visit our local buses page.

Parking restrictions and changes to local access

Parking restrictions and access changes around venues are required to help manage traffic around venues and to ensure buses transporting athletes, officials, spectators and workforce can safely move to and from the venues.

If you live, work or visit areas near a Games venue, there will be limited parking opportunities near the venue and the roads you normally use may be changed. For more details, visit our road impacts page.

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