Huge fleet for GC games

Huge number of bus operators needed to join forces for 2018 Commonwealth Games

Bus operators able to contribute services during the 2018 Commonwealth Games are invited to an industry briefing on the Gold Coast next month.

The meeting is set for November 25 at QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise and operators who want experience in contributing services to the international sporting event and are up to the mammoth task of transporting people to and from various competition venues from April 4 to 15 are welcome.

Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) executive director Michael Apps says the event is huge and will require a large number of buses from inter-state to get the job done.

"No one call pull that number of buses together all in one group," he says.

"Queensland alone won’t be able to do it, this will require a multi-state effort and this is open to operators from all states."

Those seriously interested should get in at the ground level and attend the first industry briefing.

"It’s up to operators to attend and express their interest in being involved," he says.

"Like previous major events, the industry will get together and work out how to deliver the best outcome.

"I would encourage operators to get on board and attend first meeting."

More than 6500 athletes and team officials from more than 70 nations will compete at the Commonwealth Games and this number will be eclipsed by the number of supporters and spectators.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) transport contract manager Murray Strick is keen to hear from any and all operators willing to assist.

"We will require a large number of buses and a successful transport operation is critical," he says.

"Delivering transport for the Commonwealth Games is a significant task and requires careful planning, smart investment and effective execution."

"The industry briefing will provide professional transport managers with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the critical requirements."

The Commonwealth Games media centre opens on March 21 and the athlete’s village opens on March 25, so bus operators will be required from late March until April 15.

The briefing session will primarily outline the bus facilities required and establish a framework to work towards ensuring these services are locked-in well in advance of 2018.

Operators who are interested should monitor the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games website for updates and follow the link to officially register your interest in contributing bus services.



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