GC2018: The Gold Coast light rail network is now operating 24 hours a day between Helensvale and Broadbeach with services every six minutes in the peak and every 30 overnight, helping the million-plus passenger movements expected over the next 11 days.
G:link trams – operating between Helensvale transport hub and Broadbeach South – has kicked off 24-hour services for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. With light rail services running ever six minutes in peak times, between 7am and 10am and 4pm and 10pm daily, organisers aim to offer transport options so commuters and spectators will leave the car at home during the event.
Off peak frequency will reduce to every 7.5 minutes between 10am and 4pm, and every 10 minutes between 11pm and 1am daily.
The non-stop services will run for the duration of the games, helping move the expected one million spectators converging on the golden coast for the largest event to be held in Australia in the past decade.
Train services along the Gold Coast line will also operate 24 hours a day, however, will only start from 5 April – the first day of scheduled events – connecting Brisbane to the Gold Coast with non-stop services.
With less services operating than trams, train timetables will become obsolete during the event with trains expected every 10 minutes or less during the day of the 11-day event.
Reducing to one service an hour between 1am and 5am, heavy rail services will not be aligned to light rail – which will run every 30 minutes during the same period – with extended waiting times expected at transport hubs such as Helensvale for revellers wanting a night out in either Brisbane or Surfers Paradise.
The event has also seen a large number of bus services begin operating in and around the Gold Coast with 40 new routes connecting event venues and entertainment hotspots, with some also running around the clock.
The Commonwealth Games kicks off with the opening ceremony at Carrara Stadium on Wednesday.