Get Set for the Games

Transport changes starting from 1 March:

From 1 March, more temporary M1 management initiatives for the Games will start including:
  • Reducing the speed in the 110km/h speed zone by 10km/h to 100km/h between the Logan Motorway Interchange (Exit 31) to Gaven (Exit 69), northbound and southbound from March 1 2018.
  • Reducing the speed in the 100km/h zone by 10km/h to 90km/h from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Logan Motorway Interchange, northbound and southbound from March 1 2018.
  • Temporary ramp metering at the southbound Gold Coast Highway (Exit 62) and Smith Street (Exit 66) on-ramps to keep traffic moving at a constant pace as vehicles join the motorway, from mid-March 2018.
  • Additional Traffic Response Units and towing vehicles to ensure incidents are cleared from the M1 as quickly as possible. These will be deployed in stages from today with all units deployed by April 4 2018. The deployment will finish on April 15 2018 after the closing ceremony.
  • Allowing vehicles carrying athletes and officials to travel along the hard shoulder of the M1, under police escort where safe and at low speed, if there is severe congestion that may prevent them from arriving at an event on time. This will only occur between April 4 2018 and April 18 2018.
  • Speed enforcement measures on the M1 including trailer mounted speed cameras, which are to be managed by Queensland Police Service. 

Games Route Network implementation

The Games Route Network will be implemented in stages from mid to late March to 18 April. This extended timeframe before, during and after the Games will:
enable road user to become familiar with the changes and the gradual increasing demand as athletes, officials and visitors start to arrive before GC2018 commences on 4 April
continue until after the Closing Ceremony on 15 April and the departure of athletes, officials and visitors in the days after that.

2018 Journey Planner

The GC2018 Journey Planner is available on the Get Set for the Games website. While the interactive map is wonderful in understanding the projected congestion at games time, the GC2018 Journey Planner can help staff in planning their mode options (the Plan A, B and C); as well as assist in commute timing by choosing the ‘Arrive before’ option. Remember there is also the GC2018 app you can download to your device. 
For any staff working during the games period, we encourage them to start developing their own ‘Games Plan’. They should be working towards their Plan A, B and C and testing these plans in the coming weeks.


There will be pedestrian access to closed roads. It will just be closed to vehicles. If riding a bike, the Queensland Police Service may ask you to dismount and walk through.
Also, if pathways are changed due to venue management and security (particularly the case in Broadwater Parklands in Southport), then there will be signage to direct foot or bicycle traffic.

Park ‘n’ Rides

Attached is some information from the Department of Transport and Main Roads in regards to the Park ‘n’ Rides. If you live or work in these areas, these may help in your understanding of the impacts and planning. 
Rail Network Changes for Commonwealth Games
During the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, there will be changes to the Citytrain network timetable from 30 March - 20 April, including the school holidays and Week 1 of Term 2. To allow extra services on the Gold Coast line, services in other areas may be reduced during this period. Queensland Rail is encouraging members of school communities to plan journeys in advance, especially when returning to school next term. It means that there may be fewer scheduled services running during the first week of Term 2 and your students and families need to be aware of this.

The attached information has been approved by the Minister for Transport as part of Queensland Rail’s communications for the Commonwealth Games. This information is being sent to all schools and will be re-enforced with a social media campaigns and advertising. 
Services will revert to normal for the second week of Term 2.