Brisbane bus boost to cover footy and fireworks

By: Jason Whittaker

The Queensland Government is boosting public transport in south east Queensland this Saturday night (September 12) to cater for the

The Queensland Government is boosting public transport in south east Queensland this Saturday night (September 12) to cater for the half a million people expected for a night of footy and fireworks.

Additional transport services will assist passengers to get to and from the Gold Coast to see the Titan's historic rugby league home semi-final against the Brisbane Broncos.

They will also cater for the thousands attending the QBE RiverFire in Brisbane.

TransLink will coordinate more than 1000 additional bus services and 69 additional train services catering for up to 500,000 people expected to enjoying the football and fireworks.

The Broncos will clash with the Titans at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast from 6.30pm on Saturday night.

Services including an additional 300 bus services on the Gold Coast and nine extra train services – including seven services between Brisbane and Robina – have been scheduled to get spectators to and from the game.

Hourly train services will also operate across all lines (except the Doomben line) from midnight Saturday until the first scheduled services on Sunday 13 September.

Skilled Park services:
Patrons going to the game at Skilled Park can catch event shuttle bus services from Mudgeeraba's Firth Park park 'n' ride, Alabaster Drive park 'n' ride, opposite Carrara Stadium, Burleigh Heads Primary School and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre between 3.45pm and 6.10pm.

TransLink will also be putting on additional Surfside Buslines services to and from Robina station on routes 748 (Bond University), 750 (Mudgeeraba), 751 (Pacific Fair), 752 (Pacific Fair), 755 (Pacific Fair), 756 (Burleigh Heads), 759 (Reedy Creek) and 765 (Tweed Heads).

Patrons travelling from Brisbane are encouraged to take advantage of free parking at Carrara Stadium, and patrons travelling from the south are encouraged to take advantage of free parking at Firth Park and catch shuttle buses to Skilled Park.

After the game, shuttle buses will depart from Robina station for one hour after completion of the game or until the crowds have dispersed.

Seven train services have been added to the Gold Coast line to get people to and from the game.

QBE Riverfire:
Prior to the event, extra bus services will be available on routes 110 (Inala), 111 (Eight Mile Plains), 120 (Garden City), 130 (Algester), 150 (Browns Plains), 175 (Garden City via Logan Rd), 180 (Garden City), 200 (Carindale), 300 (Toombul), 333 (Chermside), 345 (Aspley), 444 (Moggill), 450 (Mt Ommaney) and 460 (Forest Lake) will begin arriving at the Cultural Centre busway station, Queen Street bus station, Adelaide Street and Grey Street in South Brisbane from 2pm.

After the event, additional buses will depart the Cultural Centre busway station at 7.30pm on routes 110 (Inala), 120 (Garden City), 130 (Algester), 140 (Browns Plains), 150 (Browns Plains), 180 (Garden City), 199 (West End to Teneriffe), 220 (Wynnum), 333 (Chermside), 345 (Aspley), 385 (The Gap), 430 (Fig Tree Pocket), 444 (Moggill), 450 (Mt Ommaney) and 460 (Forrest Lake). An additional route 200 (Carindale) bus will depart at 7.38pm.

An additional 38 train services will operate across all lines for RiverFire, as well as regularly scheduled timetable services. Special arrangements for public transport on the Brisbane River will apply on Saturday.

There is no free travel to RiverFire with regular TransLink ticketing arrangements and fares to apply.

Passengers intending to park 'n' ride from Robina station to RiverFire should make alternate arrangements with no vehicular access to the rail station and Skilled Stadium precinct from 4.30pm to about 9.15pm due to the rugby league semi-final.

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