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Connecting Queensland during the Commonwealth Games

Over 1.1 M

trips on light rail

1.5 M

spectators carried on the shuttle bus network

Over 5.3 M

trips on public transport

$420 M

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension

About 2.3 M

trips on Surfside bus routes

Over 600,000

train trips on the Gold Coast line


journeys planned on the GC2018 journey planner

$160.7 M

road network improvements for the event

How we prepared

TMR employees during their shift

Providing a safe, secure and reliable transport network for Queenslanders travelling to events during peak travel times was critical to continue to move users and operate during 2018 Commonwealth Games that ran 4-15 April 2018.

Reinvigorating our transport network for our growing state, this event challenged our transport network’s performance across Queensland to deliver and support the unprecedented demand.

We worked with transport partners and operators to build and update existing infrastructure, develop integrated public transport operations, and enhance timetables in and around event cities.

'More than 500 TMR employees from across Queensland worked more than 48,000 rostered hours over 5,887 shifts to coordinate spectators and help deliver 24/7 transport assistance between venues.'

Our upgrades to infrastructure works

  • Southport–Burleigh Road expanded to 6-lanes, that included 8 intersection upgrades
  • Labrador–Carrara Road roundabout removed and traffic signals installed
  • Olsen Avenue’s extension of existing 6-lanes, construction of a new intersection and Southport—Nerang Road intersection upgraded
  • Nerang–Broadbeach Road vehicle capacity was increased by upgrading the Gooding Drive roundabout and other minor works between Rio Vista Boulevard and Bermuda Street

 Case study: Continuous flow intersection

Coordinating and moving people on transport

  • Gold Coast Light Rail ran every 6 mins in peak periods and operated 24/7
  • Surfside bus routes ran ever 15 mins or better 7am–7pm
  • 176 rail services added between Brisbane and the Gold Coast
  • Trains ran 24/7 every 10 mins or better
  • Shuttle bus network to connect key transport hubs and 13 park ’n’ ride locations
  • Games LinQ used 475 buses, requiring a driver workforce of 665 drivers
  • More than 300 extra buses to support Queensland Rail and Gold Coast venues at peak times

Our speed and traffic management

  • Trucks over 4.5t were restricted to the 2 left lanes in both directions between Springwood and Robina
  • Speed limits on sections of the M1 were reduced by 10km, one of Queensland busiest roads
  • 4 dedicated Games Lanes on the M1 activated at certain times during the games to minimise traffic disruption and allow for police and emergency vehicles, spectator shuttle buses, and accredited Games families and athletes
  • Additional speed cameras mounted on trailers, managed by Queensland Police Service
  • 80 TMR staff supported local councils as the GC2018 Queens Baton Relay travelled through 12 TMR regions. We helped to successfully deliver technical input into the traffic management plans, communicating impacts to transport users and operators, traffic signal intervention and incident management.

Our relationships

A multi-modal, multi-agency Transport Coordination Centre in Nerang was established to provide a central point for monitoring, coordinating and managing all transport operations to allow for real-time decision making. The statewide Transport Coordination Centre enabled a shift in transport coordination across the existing modes of transport to offer integrated transport solutions and response coordination across the Gold Coast and event cities. TMR collaborated and partnered with the community and external agencies, including the Queensland Police Services, transport operators, Australian Government law and defence agencies, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Health and Queensland Ambulance Service in the areas of security, testing and readiness, and infrastructure initiatives.

Our legacy


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