Investment in transport infrastructure
There has been significant investment in transport infrastructure and operations in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games by a number of key stakeholders including Department of Transport and Main Roads, Gold Coast City Council, Queensland Rail and G:link.
However, this investment on its own will not be enough - it is still essential that locals also make changes their travel behaviour to accommodate the additional 6 million trips that will be made on our networks during the Games.
The investment in transport infrastructure and operations covers roads, heavy and light rail and congestion management initiatives.
Coomera to Helensvale rail duplication
The Queensland Rail $163 million project to duplicate the final section of single track on the Gold Coast line, between Coomera and Helensvale stations, was successfully commissioned in early October 2017.
The duplication project involved constructing 8.2 kilometres of track and eight rail bridges (ranging from 15 metres to 860 metres long), installing overhead electrification and signalling systems, and replacing 3.8 kilometres of timber barrier screening.
The project will enable increased service capacity and reliability on the Gold Coast line for the Games and also for the future.
Gold Coast Light Rail (G:link)
The 7.3 kilometre Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension recently opened and continues the world class public transport system for Gold Coast residents and visitors, connecting Gold Coast University Hospital station to Helensvale rail and bus station.
The extension significantly improves public transport travel between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with residents and visitors now able to catch public transport from Brisbane right into the centre of the Gold Coast.
This extension will play a critical role in transporting spectators and workforce to GC2018 competition venues.
City of Gold Coast
Since 2014, the City of Gold Coast have delivered more than $190 million worth of transport upgrades to accommodate capacity during the Commonwealth Games and future growth.
Active travel will also be easier than ever due to infrastructure upgrades with almost 14 kilometres of shared path upgrades being delivered across the city in the lead up to the Games. This will make active travel such as walking and cycling, a safer and more viable option for residents and visitors now and into the future.
In addition, the City of Gold Coast are easing driver frustration by investing in specialised technology to improve the coordination of the traffic network.
The Queensland Government has completed a $160.7 million package of major road upgrades on the Gold Coast.
Whilst these upgrades will support the movement of more than more than one million spectators, athletes, workforce, volunteers, media and help keep the city moving during the Games; this Investment will also cater for current and expected future traffic volumes.
This will provide long term benefits to the community by increasing the road network capacity and improving the traffic flow across the Gold Coast.