GC2018: Public transport changes put in place for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will remain in place for the remainder of the week as the region settles from a successful Games, with the minister praising commuters and workers for their contribution over the ‘enormous fortnight’.
While rail services on the Beenleigh Line will resume today, having been replaced by buses, the minister for transport and main roads Mark Bailey has stated that they will run to an altered timetable, allowing increased services on the Gold Coast Line to continue to operate unimpeded.
“Heavy rail has played a key part of the integrated public transport model to support GC2018,” Mr Bailey said.
“Our crews have worked around the clock to deliver an unprecedented level of services on the Gold Coast line, with triple the amount of trains running 24 hours a day to support event crowds.
“Across the past 11 days, Queensland Rail has delivered more than 270 services on the Gold Coast line each day of competition,” the minister went on to say.
Praising the reliability of the network during the largest event in the state’s history, Mr Bailey thanked Queensland Rail for their on-time running and ability to meet demand for spectators going to and from events.
“By the time the Games are complete, we’re forecast to have run more than 3,000 services on the Gold Coast line in total, and our on-time running results on the Gold Coast line have so far averaged above 98% throughout the Games period.
“I am proud of our results so far and we’ll continue to extend every effort to ensure smooth running for the final day of competition events, and the Closing Ceremony,” he said.
There were fears that the network would not cope with the increased level of services planned for the Games. Train workers were given huge pay bonuses for turning up for shifts and working overnight which appears to have paid off as there were no major issues experienced during the 11-day event.
This has left this reporter eating humble pie following stinging editorials about the planning and preparation the government had put into the network for the games. I am happy to do so.
The Commonwealth Games wrapped up on the Gold Coast last night with a spectacular closing ceremony put on by organisers.