Business key to keep our city moving during GC2018

7 June 2017

Businesses need to plan to help ensure their organisation and the city keeps moving during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

At the launch of the GC2018 Travel Advice for Business Program today, representatives from more than 150 of the city’s largest employers received an insight into how the transport network will operate as well as advice and support on how to plan appropriately.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said everyone must ‘think ahead’, especially businesses who will play a vital role in keeping the city moving.

“It’s no secret our transport networks will be under pressure during the Games so by reducing non-Games travel during our busiest times we can help ensure the success of the Games,” Mayor Tate said.

“Some businesses may be able to implement flexible working hours and others may think about rescheduling deliveries. We want all businesses to engage with this program to ensure they are prepared for what will be an incredible event for our city.”

The GC2018 Travel Advice for Business Program is being delivered by the City of Gold Coast in partnership with the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC). It will include engagement sessions, workshops, drop-in sessions and a supporting website.

Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Neil Scales, said during the Games, the transport network would need to operate differently, as the city welcomed more than 6600 Games athletes and team officials, 50,000 workers and volunteers, 3000 media personnel and an estimated 1.5 million spectators.

“I encourage business operators on the Gold Coast to think about the transport and delivery arrangements they will need to put in place for Games time, and take advantage of the information and tailored support the GC2018 Travel Advice for Business program can provide. 

"Six million extra journeys are estimated to be made across Gold Coast roads during the Games.

“Trips are likely to take longer, especially by car, on busy routes during peak times – as you would expect for a world-class sporting and cultural event of this scale,” Mr Scales said. 

“I urge business owners to be prepared and do your bit to help reduce congestion on the network, so the Games are a great success.”

GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said the comprehensive engagement program will also encourage employees to use alternative travel methods to the car.

“Walking, cycling, using public transport and carpooling to work are all encouraged during Games time,” Mr Peters said.

“Advice will also be provided to introduce more flexible ways of working such as changing working hours to avoid peak travel times.

“This will help employees increase their travel choices and get to where they need to go with more certainty,” he said.

The GC2018Travel Advice for Business Program will offer businesses free, practical support to help them understand the impact of GC2018 and to plan ahead with all the facts.

The program asks businesses to consider:

 

  • reducing non-essential travel during the Games period
  • allowing  flexible work patterns to help staff travel in non-busy times
  • encouraging staff to use alternative modes of travel such as walking, cycling or taking public transport where possible
  • reviewing freight, servicing and delivery needs and working with their suppliers to find solutions.

 

To register your business for the GC2018 Travel Advice for Business Program   workshop and to access additional resources, visit getsetforthegames.com/business or call 1800 531 585.

  

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