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Road closures and impacts

Road closures and impacts

There will be a range of temporary road closures, security measures and other impacts as a result of increased traffic demands, road based events and associated detours and closures.

It is important for you to be aware of these impacts so you can plan ahead and get set for the games so you can get to where you need to go, and on time! Read more about travel options and advice.

    Road closures in your local area

    Specific information on road closures and impacts are available for affected areas:

    Road event routes

    The program of events for GC2018 includes road-based competition and non-competition events:

    These events will have an additional impact on the Games Route Network (GRN) as well as traffic within surrounding areas, with access to properties and some businesses restricted.

    Additional measures, including temporary road closures, traffic diversions and security measures will be required in some areas to accommodate events and spectators. Use the links above for more details about the impacts of each event.

    Travel impacts map and journey planner

    Use our simple interactive map to help you understand more about how your journey could be affected if you choose to travel in your usual way. This map includes information such as when and where roads and public transport are expected to be busy in the Gold Coast area, and details of local road closures and changes to parking arrangements. If you're using public transport, use TransLink’s journey planner to plan your travel in advance.

    GC2018 Journey Planner

    If you’re heading to the Games, head to the dedicated GC2018 Journey Planner - journey options include public transport (including shuttle services locations and schedules for events), cycling, walking, and the ability to locate park ‘n’ ride locations and book a park.

    Parking and local traffic management

    A range of local traffic management measures are being implemented across the Games cities to ensure athletes and their families get to events on time, including:

    For more information on these changes, visit the location pages linked at the top of this page. These measures will be implemented across the Games Route Network (GRN) on the Gold Coast as well as within the other Games cities.

    To support security requirements and minimise the risk of congestion, no spectator parking will be provided at any sporting venue. There are many options to access events with considerably more public transport services operating across the transport network.

    M1 impacts

    Traveling along the M1 (the main arterial road between the Gold Coast and Brisbane) during the Games will bring significant transport challenges and impacts.

    A range of changes are going to occur to the M1 leading up to the Games to ensure the smooth transport of athletes and officials to and from venues during the Games, as well as ensuring business as usual between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

    For more information on these changes, refer to M1 access and impacts.

    Waterways impacts

    Waterways are a great way to travel around the coast and they are very popular in the Gold Coast area. Waterways will be impacted during the Games, however some areas will be impacted differently - changes include:

    • access changes
    • new Protective Security Zones
    • pontoons, boat ramps and bridges.

    Visit our waterways section for more information.

    Venue construction and planned maintenance

    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be staged from 4–15 April 2018. It will be the most significant sporting event in Australia this decade and the largest that Queensland has ever hosted.

    This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will bring daily changes to how our city operates and increased pressure to our roads – before, during and after the Games.

    There will be local changed traffic conditions in and around parking and venue sites as they are constructed in preparation for the Games. Works will start at different times, depending on the requirements of each location. View more information on construction works occurring in each area.

    Changes to business as usual practices and procedures will be necessary to support GC2018 and keep our city operating. Your organisation will be impacted by these temporary changes. In support of GC2018 operations, a moratorium on construction and programmed maintenance activities will be applied in selected Gold Coast precincts and road corridors.

    Please view the Moratorium on Construction (PDF 230KB) for more information.

    Level crossing changes

    With increased services on the Gold Coast line, level crossings could be activated more often, at different times of the day and for longer periods.

    Because of this, there may be congestion around the following level crossings from 5 - 15 April 2018 and road users should stay patient.

    Fairlie Terrace, Rocklea

    Beenleigh Road, Kuraby

    Boundary Road, Coopers Plains

    Oates Avenue, Woodridge

    Stones Road, Sunnybank

    Station Road, Bethania

    Nathan Road, Runcorn

    Bonemill Road, Runcorn

    Warrigal Road, Runcorn

    Holmview Road, Holmview

    Spanns Road, Holmview


    If you can, plan ahead and consider re-routing your journey to avoid level crossings.

    We encourage everyone to stay safe by obeying the signs and signals at level crossings.

    Alternative routes

    Maps of suggested alternative routes around the impacted level crossings are available to help re-plan your journey:

    No alternative routes are available for Holmview Road, Holmview and Station Road, Bethania and road users should plan ahead if they’re travelling during GC2018.

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