Games LinQ have been awarded the largest event transport contract in Queensland history to provide shuttle buses and drivers during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The fleet of up to 800 buses will be responsible for transporting athletes, officials, spectators, media and accredited workforce during the Games next year.
TransLink Deputy Director-General Matt Longland said the Stage 2 GC2018 Event Transport Services Contract signing took place last month, and was a result of considerable effort from subject matter experts from TMR, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and Games LinQ.
“We fully support Games LinQ’s approach to source at least 60% of bus drivers locally to ensure value for money for Queenslanders,” Mr Longland said.
“Due to the huge fleet requirement of approximately 800 buses to deliver services for the Games, additional buses and drivers will need to be sourced from interstate.
“Games LinQ has also developed a comprehensive local and indigenous engagement strategy that will ensure local businesses and indigenous employees are actively engaged to support delivery of event shuttle bus services for the Games,” he said.
The Managing Director of Games LinQ, Matthew Joyce said he is “excited at the prospect of partnering with GOLDOC and TMR to deliver effective event transport services that will contribute to a successful Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
Games LinQ have already successfully delivered the Stage 1 Planning Contract for Games shuttle bus services.
Shuttle buses will provide a critical connection for spectators travelling to Games venues from park ‘n’ rides and transport hubs, including heavy rail and light rail stations. The shuttle buses will also transport athletes to and from their events and training venues in the lead up to Games time.
Public transport on the TransLink network in South East Queensland and Cairns, and qconnect services in Townsville, including the shuttle buses, will be free for anyone holding a ticket to a Games event on the day of their event (excludes Airtrain).
The rollout of Games time travel options supports TMR’s vision of creating a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone.
Visit getsetforthegames.com for the latest information on Games time transport operations.
For more information email GC2018Engagement@tmr.qld.gov.au.