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Adele concert - transport issues
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:04:05 PM »
Brisbanetimes --> Adele concerts at Gabba create bus headache for Brisbane council

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Next month's Adele concerts at the Gabba are shaping up as logistical nightmares for the Brisbane City Council, which is scrambling to source enough drivers to get two capacity crowds to and from the stadium in about 400 buses.

It has also prompted warnings from the city's deputy mayor that people should allow up to three hours to get to the Gabba.

The two shows, on the weekend of March 4 and 5, were expected to attract crowds of 60,000 to the cricket stadium at Woolloongabba.

Deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner said the back-to-back Adele concerts would be "the biggest events we've ever had to deal with" in terms of bus transport and patrons should allow for two or three hours to get to the shows.

He said the council had put the word out for drivers to volunteer to take on additional paid shifts on the Saturday and Sunday nights.

But that could cause significant problems for mornings services, Cr Schrinner said, due to the workplace health and safety requirement that drivers have at least 10 hours down-time between shifts.

"The drivers that are working late into the evening to ferry people back to our major centres and the CBD," he said.

"If they, for example, finish at 1 o'clock in the morning, they won't be able to come to work to do the morning shift the following day.

"So this is obviously a big organisational exercise that we're running here.

"We're working together with TransLink and the Gabba, but at this stage I'm yet to see any form of communication plan provided by the Gabba."

Cr Schrinner said the Monday morning peak was one of the major things the council was working hard to manage.

"Any driver that worked on the Sunday evening, if they were doing that going-home shift after the concert, 10 hours from that point is 11 or 11.30 in the morning, so they'd miss out on the morning peak," he said.

"So we'll be working very hard to make sure we'll have enough scheduled drivers, and we believe we can manage that risk, but it's a consideration."

Cr Schrinner said he was concerned concert-goers would be caught out by the traffic chaos the shows will cause.

He said many people may not be aware "just how big this is going to be" and could find themselves missing some of the British star's show.

"We're talking about a capacity crowd at the Gabba; a crowd that, as far as I'm aware, has never been seen before," Cr Schrinner said.

"A full-capacity crowd at the Gabba is normally 40,000 people, but we're seeing an extra 20,000 people in addition to that coming to this event.

"So we'll see every seat potentially filled, plus 20,000 people on the grass itself. This is a big event by any standard."

The deputy mayor, who also served as the council's public transport chairman, said Adele ticket-holders would have to aim to leave home by about 5pm to ensure they got to the Gabba on time.

Cr Schrinner said shuttle buses would run every two minutes from Roma Street Station to the shows, and every 30 seconds back to the inner-city station at the conclusion of the concerts.

They would run every three minutes from Westfield Chermside, and every minute for the return legs.

They will run every 2½ minutes from Eight Mile Plains and every 1.2 minutes back, while Carindale services will run every four minutes to the Gabba and every 1½ minutes back.

Private operators would also be contracted to share some of the load.

"It will require a significant number of our drivers to be on the job," he said.

Comment has been sought from Sports Minister Mick de Brenni, whose portfolio takes in Stadiums Queensland.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 07:23:23 PM »
Couriermail --> Adele in Brisbane: Public transport system nightmare at Gabba

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BRISBANE’S transport boss has warned Adele fans would need to leave three hours early just to get to Gabba show - and the nightmare is set to continue for commuters the day after.

Deputy Mayor and transport committee chairman Adrian Schrinner warned there would be major delays as the city’s bus system struggled under the weight of transporting so many commuters to the Gabba on March 4 and 5 for her back-to-back shows.

Describing the event as so large it “had never been seen before” in Brisbane, Cr Schrinner said punters needed to be prepared for long travel times before the 7.30pm start.

“We’re talking about the necessity of leaving between two or three hours early to get to this event,” Cr Schrinner said.

“That’s how may people were trying to shift.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has also warned of Monday morning peak hour chaos as bus and train drivers are taken off the road due to the Sunday night Adele concert.

Cr Quirk said having Adele perform at the Gabba on March 4 and 5 was “absolutely fabulous”, but he criticised the promoters of the event, saying the location “wasn’t clearly thought through”.

“I want to make it clear that the Sunday night concert presents a very big challenge because drivers under law have to have a 10-hour break,” Cr Quirk said at a media conference today.

“So you’ve got Monday morning, peak hour, people are going to have a demand to get to work.

“It’s not just the 60,000 from the stadium, it is the Sunday night backing up with the Monday morning peak that is also a terrific concern.

“It won’t only affect Brisbane buses, it’s trains, its’ going to affect private bus operators.”

Cr Quirk said 60,000 people leaving the venue at once was “not going to be pretty” and urged concertgoers to be patient.

Over 40,000 people are expected to pack the south Brisbane stadium seating, with another 20,000 tickets sold for standing room on the grass below the stage for the concert.

“It will require a significant number of our drivers on the job,” Cr Schrinner said.

“This is an entirely voluntary event when it comes to our drivers working. We can’t force them to work on this weren’t so we’ve put out the word far and wide to get our drivers to volunteer for this event. They will get paid, obviously, but they can choose not to work on the weekends if they don’t want to.”

While council has not helped organise the event, Cr Schrinner said he was concerned punters weren’t getting the message about travel times from any other organisations involved.

“We’re working together with TransLink and the Gabba but at this stage I’m yet to see any form of communication plan requested from the Gabba,” Cr Schrinner said.

“I have requested what their communication plan is and none has been forthcoming at this stage.”

Council, in conjunction with TransLink, have planned to run shuttle buses from Roma St station to the Gabba every two minutes prior to the show. Shuttles will leave every 30 seconds on the way back.

Buses are planned to run every three minutes from Chermside in the north to the Gabba before the show, then every minute on the way out.

Southern buses will run every two-and-half minutes from Eight Mile Plains before the show, then every 80 seconds after the show.

Buses will run every four minutes from an eastern direction at Carindale on the way in, then every 90 seconds on the way out.

“These types of frequencies you’ve probably guessed are very significant frequencies indeed,” Cr Schrinner said.

The Lord Mayor suggested Suncorp Stadium would have been a more appropriate venue for the concerts because it had two train stations nearby as well as its underground bus facility.

“It is much better place in terms of dispersing than what the Gabba is,” he said.

“It is one thing for an event management together with a promoter to make an agreement about a concert going ahead, and then they are saying to the public transport providers ‘you go and support it from here’.”

Cr Quirk would not say the upfront cost to the council.

A spokeswoman for Stadiums Queensland said staff had been working with with everyone involved to ensure the event was planned properly.

“As with every event held in Brisbane, all The Gabba’s communications and messaging regarding event transport directs patrons to TransLink,” the spokeswoman said. “This has been communicated with all parties.

“And as with all major events, Translink will provide public transport options for this event on their website in coming days.”
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Re: Adele concert - transport issues
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 07:48:50 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 10:37:51 PM »
60,000 people leaving the gabba at once late on a Sunday night? what could possibly go wrong  :-w   :bna:
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2017, 02:32:40 AM »
Couriermail --> Adele Brisbane transport chaos is news to us, say promoters

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PROMOTERS of award-winning singer Adele’s tour claim to have been blindsided by warnings of transport chaos ahead of her Brisbane shows after spending months organising them with Brisbane City Council.

But the council claims it has been left to sort out a public transport mess after no one consulted councillors prior to the Gabba being booked for one of the biggest events in Queensland’s history.

Live Nation Australia vice president Luke Hede said he was “flabbergasted” to learn it could take patrons up to three hours on buses to get to the shows next month.

“Given the amount of planning we’ve put into these shows, we’re shocked to read the papers this morning saying that council has not been consulted about this, because we have been working on this for over six months with the Gabba,” Mr Hede said.

About 60,000 people are expected to fill the stadium, which was chosen because it could host a “concert in the round”, to watch the Grammy Award-winning artist on March 4 and 5.

The Saturday March 4 show sold out after it was announced in January but there are about 2000 tickets left to the Sunday night performance after it was added to meet massive demand. The shows are larger than any sporting event ever held in the 42,000-seat capacity venue because about another 18,000 tickets have been sold for standing room.

Mr Hede, who was the promoter behind the Coldplay tour that saw 50,000 people pack Suncorp Stadium, said organisers had been working with the council since September last year to create a transport strategy that included free buses paid for in the cost of the ticket price.

“It’s up to council now to deliver that because the patrons have paid for it,” Mr Hede said.

But Brisbane Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said if there was consultation with the council prior to the venue being chosen, he would have suggested Suncorp Stadium as more appropriate.

“We weren’t exactly happy to hear it was at the Gabba,” Cr Schrinner said, “but obviously we’re doing our best to deal with that situation as a contractor to the event organisers”.

Cr Schrinner suggested previously that patrons should leave two or three hours early to allow enough time for travel to the three-hour shows.

Almost 400 shuttle buses will be needed to transport patrons to and from the venue, with a mix of council and private-contracted services used to meet the demand. The increased services are also expected to put a strain on bus drivers, who have been asked to volunteer for paid shifts over the weekend. However, Cr Schrinner said drivers needed a 10-hour break between shifts, which could cause rostering issues on Monday.

Cr Schrinner said Suncorp Stadium was better equipped to deal with large crowds. “There’s a plan in place that we use on a regular basis to get crowds in and out of Suncorp,” Cr Schrinner said. “There’s a dedicated bus station under Suncorp. There’s also a train station right next to it.”

TransLink said it had boosted services to cope with demand, and motorists were advised to avoid the area.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2017, 02:34:59 AM »
Couriermail --> What could’ve cut Adele traffic woes in Brisbane

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PUBLIC transport woes threatening to waylay Adele fans as they make their way to one of her two Brisbane concerts next month would have been less likely if the cross-river rail had already been built, Transport Minister Jackie Trad has claimed.

The Adele concerts, to be held at the Gabba on March 4 and 5, are expected to attract 60,000 fans each night, testing the bus and train network.

With the cross-river rail station planned for Woolloongabba, the Deputy Premier (pictured) said Adele fans would have had a much smoother ride to the concert if the $5.5 billion infrastructure project had been built after it was first mooted.

“The fact is, we would not have this transport situation at the Gabba if cross-river rail was operating now,” Ms Trad said. “With cross-river rail you would be able to walk across the road to the new station at Woolloongabba and make your way home quickly, easily and safely. We want more world-class acts to come to the Gabba, but to do that we need a world-class transport system and that means building cross-river rail.”

The state and federal governments are locked in a funding battle over cross-river rail.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared the project ready to go and called on the Commonwealth to stump up funds to make it a reality.

The Commonwealth, however, has said the 10.2km rail link between Bowen Hills and Woolloongabba — including five new stations — did not properly integrate with Brisbane’s transport network and needed more work.

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Re: Adele concert - transport issues
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2017, 02:41:23 AM »
TfB drivers have already been rostered for the 2 Concerts. All special shifts have been allocated.

I will be out there on Saturday night, but will need to finish by the rostered time so that I can do my regular Sunday shift. ( So happy none of my Sunday services go via the Gabba )  :bu

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2017, 02:52:57 AM »
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Adele Concert transport concerns confirms need for PT reform

23rd February 2017

Good Morning,

The failure of the transport authorities to properly liaise for what ever reason with the Adele concert promoters is no surprise to us.

Silos of mediocrity strikes again!

[ Adele concert - transport issues   https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=12674.msg188362#msg188362 ]

 Another demonstration of the failure that is public transport administration, delivery, and operation.

It must be clear now to all that reform is needed.  As we have commented, band-aids on festering wounds does not work.

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2017, 03:01:20 AM »
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2017, 03:23:52 AM »
This fiasco shows how impotent TransLink really is.  BCC just does want it wants to do.

Utter shambles PT administration in Queensland.  We know that.  This is just another demonstration of the failure.

Until the real issues are addressed (proper reform)  it will continue to get worse  and even more diabolical than it is now.

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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2017, 03:28:37 AM »
 :P



We could have had a proper rail network with a second CBD rail route by now too hey?   :frs:
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2017, 06:49:17 AM »
Couriermail --> Opinion: Blame the pollies if you miss Adele gig

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STRANDED fans who miss the start of singing superstar Adele’s Brisbane concerts shouldn’t blame the promoters or public transport.

They should blame the politicians.

The two to three-hour commute to the Gabba isn’t an anomaly from an unprecedented event, it’s an abomination triggered by political procrastination and poor planning.

Adele’s 60,000-ticket, two-night concert, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk laments, “wasn’t clearly thought through”.

Well, Mr Lord Mayor, neither was Brisbane’s public transport network.

The difference, of course, is you’ve been hanging around council for three decades with the capacity to fix it.

Only at last year’s elections did Cr Quirk pull out an inner-city light rail plan.

Yet the Victoria Bridge has been a car park for buses for at least a decade.

The State scene hasn’t exactly excelled either.

In order to deny each other the ability to say they delivered the solution, both sides of politics have chopped and changed plans for a second inner-city river rail crossing that was identified as essential a decade ago.

We’ve had Cross River Rail, the Bus and Train Tunnel and now the second incarnation of Cross River Rail.

But nothing has been achieved in the interim.

Now both proposals are in different stages of the assessment phase while the Federal Government is insisting both must be integrated with each other in order to get funding.

Blaming the promoters for bringing one of the globe’s biggest acts to Brisbane isn’t an appropriate response from a true “New World City”.

It’s a retort from those with a small-town mentality who reminisce about the old Festival Hall and bopping to The Beatles.

Ha!  CM nails it!!   :clp: :clp: :clp:
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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2017, 05:23:31 PM »
Adele is going to destroy the entire PT system - it will come crashing down.

60 000 pphd is not possible on the systems we have. If we assume a metro runs 30 trains per hour x 1000 pax each train it would

take two hours straight to clear people.

To do this with buses running every 15 seconds would take three hours to do.

60 sec x 60 mins/hour = 3600 seconds/hour
3600 seconds/hour / 15 seconds per bus = 240 buses/hour
240 buses x 65 passengers each = 15 600 ppdh (let's round this up to 20 000 pphd)

60 000 / 20 000 = 3 hours MINIMUM.

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« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2017, 06:09:29 PM »
On the other hand, there is no way everybody will be using public transport to get to and from, or that everybody will actually be leaving the precinct, so the volume will be somewhat less than that (albeit higher than normal).  The public transport usage rate for events at the Gabba ranks somewhere below that for Cbus at Robina from memory.

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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2017, 10:50:38 PM »
However, Cr Schrinner said drivers needed a 10-hour break between shifts, which could cause rostering issues on Monday.

Could Adele cause #busfail?

Sunday buses are horrific. Absolutely horrific. Hourly frequency or simply not running, most routes go to bed at 6pm or something like that. Trying to get home at 11pm on a Sunday? lol... good luck. If you're off the BUZ network there's no hope, and even if you're on a BUZ route, over crowding is sure to mean people will be left behind in the CBD. A sensible option would be running some NightLink services on the Sunday as a one-off.

The road network is really going to struggle. I would not want to be getting a cab on the Saturday night, nor driving anywhere around there (including the SEB).
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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2017, 10:16:27 AM »
The road network is really going to struggle. I would not want to be getting a cab on the Saturday night, nor driving anywhere around there (including the SEB).

It's also probably a foregone conclusion that UBER pricing will surge considerably right after the concerts.

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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2017, 09:00:16 PM »
The BrizCommuter word on the Adele concert transportation.
http://brizcommuter.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/no-adele-ation-for-brisbanes-public.html

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« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2017, 02:55:30 AM »
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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2017, 03:07:45 PM »
Thinking of walking south the 1km to Lewis St to get the Glider northwards. Is there a flaw in my plan ?

If that is no good I'm going to suggest to my wife we jump on our pushies but not sure she'll agree :)

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« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2017, 04:03:42 PM »
Brisbanetimes --> Live Nation confident no commuter chaos near Gabba during Adele concert

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Promoters for Adele's Brisbane concert have hit back at concerns the event will cause commuter chaos around the inner city in March.

Live Nation said in a statement they wanted to "clarify and correct some errors" surround the concerts on March 4 and 5 at the Gabba.

The promoter said the Brisbane leg of the tour had been planned for more than six months and the Gabba was chosen over Suncorp Stadium to accommodate for Adele's unique "in-the-round" stage design.

They added in September all major stakeholders, including Transport for Brisbane, TransLink, Queensland Rail and Brisbane City Council, were consulted regarding the plans and recommendations made.

The Live Nation statement said in order to ensure the required public transport could be provided, free fares have been included in the ticket and more than 100 additional buses arranged for the Sunday show, due to the changed bus schedules on that day.

A comprehensive traffic management plan has also been put in place, including road closures, two taxi ranks, ride-and-share pick-up/drop-off zones, parking restrictions and integrated public transport.

The promoter's clarification comes after there were fears the two concerts would cause transport headaches for Brisbane City Council bus services.

Warnings came on Tuesday from deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner, who said the back-to-back Adele concerts would be "the biggest events we've ever had to deal with" in terms of bus transport.

He added council had put the word out for bus drivers to volunteer to take on additional paid shifts on the Saturday and Sunday nights, but patrons should allow for two or three hours to get to the shows.

But that could cause significant problems for morning services, Cr Schrinner said, due to the workplace health-and-safety requirement that drivers have at least 10 hours downtime between shifts.

"If they (drivers), for example, finish at 1 o'clock in the morning, they won't be able to come to work to do the morning shift the following day," he said.

"So this is obviously a big organisational exercise that we're running here."
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« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2017, 03:15:54 AM »
Brisbanetimes --> Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner blasts Adele concert promoters over Gabba decision

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Brisbane City Council's consternation over this weekend's Adele concerts has continued, with deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner blasting the promoters' decision to hold the shows at the Gabba.

Cr Schrinner, the council's public transport chairman, first raised concerns about the concerts in the council chamber last week.

The promoters, Live Nation, subsequently sought to allay those fears and said the state government, Translink and the council had all been consulted.

But Cr Schrinner said that consultation should have included whether to hold the show at the Gabba at all.

"There's an important issue here, because we certainly have been consulted on the traffic and transport plans for the event, but what we weren't consulted on was whether the event should be at the Gabba or not," he said.

"That's the critical difference here.

"We believe, as an administration, that the event should have been at Suncorp Stadium, because Suncorp Stadium has a train station right next to it, it has an underground bus station, it can carry large crowds of 50,000-plus and it does so on a regular basis and we run those crowds, the transport to and from those events, smoothy.

"People can also  walk from the CBD. They catch the bus or train to Roma Street and they actually walk to the venue.

"…The Gabba, on the other hand, is a bit more problematic."

The Gabba was upgraded by the Borbidge government in the 1990s, ostensively so it could host football matches as part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, leaving no legacy for that sport.

With a seating capacity of about 40,000, the two Adele concerts will be the biggest ever events at the ground, as 60,000 people will attend both shows due to additional seating on the playing surface.

Cr Schrinner said he hoped his "gut feeling" about the event would prove to be incorrect and said he was concerned about train services leaving the Gabba.

The deputy mayor said Translink's journey planner showed no additional services from Roma Street, where council buses will be taking passengers every 30 seconds at the conclusion of the shows.

A Translink spokeswoman said those services were not added to the journey planner because they were deemed "out of ordinary" services.

"While the majority of them are modifications of scheduled services, they are  primarily event services," she said.

Each train departing Roma Street would have six carriages and hold 750 people, the Translink spokeswoman said.

The following train service changes will be in force after the Adele shows:

Saturday: Two additional trains stopping all stations to Springfield at 11.45pm and 12.15am.

Sunday: Two additional trains stopping all stations to Varsity Lakes at 11.45pm and 12.15am.

The following trains will be retimed:
• 11.03pm Ipswich service retimed to depart at 11.22pm
• 11.03pm Caboolture service retimed to depart at 11.15pm
• 11.18pm Kippa-Ring service retimed to depart at 11.30pm
• 10.52pm Ferny Grove service retimed to depart at 11pm
• 10.50pm Cleveland service retimed to depart at 11pm

Concert-goers could check the Translink website to personalise travel plans.
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« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2017, 06:13:32 AM »
It's pretty farcical. Slight update to this blog post:
http://brizcommuter.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/no-adele-ation-for-brisbanes-public.html

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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2017, 06:23:30 AM »
I think I will just watch youtube vids .... 

those who do go I hope you enjoy the concert, and the loo queues, and the great PT network.

 :-* :P

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« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2017, 07:05:41 AM »

Hello. Brisbane City.
I was wondering if you want to meet for Adele's concert preparations this week.
To go over all the bus plans.
They say this time buses will shuttle ya
But I don't see any plans.

Hello. Queensland Government.
I was dreaming that Cross River Rail was built and opened last week.
When Stirling was still in his ministerial seat
I've forgotten how we were told tunnel boring would soon be at our feet

There's such a difference between us
And a million miles

Hello from the other side
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I'm sorry that  nothing has been done
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Re: Adele concert - transport issues
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2017, 09:30:20 AM »
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Translink spokeswoman said those services were not added to the journey planner because they were deemed "out of ordinary" services.

"While the majority of them are modifications of scheduled services, they are  primarily event services," she said.

This is a joke, isn't it?

When did the system motto become "We couldn't be arsed?"

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« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2017, 10:41:54 AM »
Sadly SurfRail it is no joke.

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« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2017, 12:07:04 PM »
Having seen first hand how what transport is like to and from a Big Bash Cricket match earlier this year, all I can say to the people going to see it is "Good luck!" If I were going, I'd either be hitting up family or friends for a lift, or booking a limo.

Woolloongabba Station simply couldn't handle the crush from the last Big Bash match I went to (which broke attendance records with numbers well above 40,000), to the extent that I joined a large number of the crowd who hiked up Stanley Street to catch a regular service from Mater Hill instead.

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« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2017, 03:20:35 AM »
FYI


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« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2017, 10:13:23 AM »
There are now concerns that Mater hospital car parks will be full, preventing hospital staff, patients, and visitors from being able to park.

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« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2017, 11:01:12 AM »
3rd March 2017

Media Release
Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Rumour has it, Adele is in town!

Fans hoping to say ‘hello’ to Adele in concert at The Gabba this weekend (4 and 5 March) are being urged to arrive early and enjoy the best the local precinct has to offer.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said that he had no doubt concert goers will be enjoying a once in a lifetime experience.

“Having a show as big as Adele is a truly exciting thing for Brisbane and for the Gabba,” Mr de Brenni said.

“An estimated 120,000 Queenslanders are going to witness one of the greatest voices in history. That’s something special and we should all be proud that Brisbane can attract these types of world class shows.

“Stadiums Queensland ran me through the planning earlier in the week and I’ve been told everything is on track for two epic nights.

“An event of this scale takes hard work and a lot of logistics and the Gabba and Stadiums Queensland have really put their shoulders into this to make sure everybody can have a great night.”

The Gabba Manager Blair Conaghan said that with up to 60,000 people packing the stadium each night, it was important that fans arrive well before the 7:30pm start time.

“This is the biggest show to ever take place in Queensland, we couldn’t be more excited for The Gabba to be involved,” Mr Conaghan said.

“Tickets to the Saturday show sold-out within the hour, so it’s clear this is a not-to-be-missed event, and we want to ensure fans enjoy every minute of it,” he said.

“I encourage fans to make a day of it and come and enjoy the locals cafes, restaurants and pubs, there’s plenty of locals businesses that are making the most of the occasion.

“Gates open at 5:30pm and concert-goers will need to enter via the gate specified on their tickets, which will help us ensure we can get everyone into their seats successfully.

“I would also like to remind people that this is a large, outdoor concert, so please ensure your footwear is appropriate and leave bags at home where possible as all bags will be thoroughly searched upon entry.”

Mr Conaghan encouraged concert-goers to plan their journey to and from the venue ahead of time.

“Free public transport to and from the venue is included with the concert ticket, so Adele fans can ride for free on all regular Queensland Rail train services and Brisbane Transport bus services from midday and there will also be special buses operating on regular intervals from Roma St, Carindale, Eight Mile Plains and Chermside,” Mr Conaghan said.

“Patrons should also be mindful that there will be fifteen minute parking limits across the Gabba Traffic Area as well as major road closures on Vulture and Stanley Streets,” he said.

“Adele is onstage at 7:30pm so I encourage fans to plan their trip ahead of time to ensure they arrive early, enjoy the show, and know how they’ll be getting home.”

For concert information visit www.thegabba.com.au

For public transport information, visit the TransLink website at www.translink.com.au or contact the call centre on 13 12 30.

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Re: Adele concert - transport issues
« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2017, 06:57:37 PM »
Quite a queue on the footpath waiting for shuttles from Roma St. South east Freeway also slow. Wonders if they are using the busway.

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« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2017, 10:34:33 AM »
Carindale shuttles went very smoothly on Saturday. No problems at all. Crowds going to Adele turned up early so by the last hour, shuttles were only taking about 5 pax per trip. Carindale to Gabba was taking just 20 minutes per trip.
Going home, Everyone was cleared within 90 minutes to Carindale.

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« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2017, 11:25:57 AM »
 :-t thanks Otto!   :-c

I think the only hiccup might be this evening with not many late trains ..
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« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2017, 12:17:34 PM »
I'd be curious to see feedback on how the entire set-up worked last night. Taxis, Uber, buses, trains etc.

I think the only hiccup might be this evening with not many late trains ..

Lack of late buses will also be an issue. The Chermside/Carindale/8MP shuttle buses may be more crowded tonight, as people travel Gabba -> OCR/Gympie/SEB -> drive from major stop, as opposed to Gabba -> CBD -> bus all the way home. The western suburbs buses, for example. Running until midnight on Saturdays, gone by 9pm on Sundays.

Also, last night being Saturday night, lots of people would have gone out for drinks afterwards, spreading the peak load. Sunday night being a "school night" might see a more concentrated peak.
Is it really that hard to run frequent, reliable public transport?

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« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2017, 01:35:05 PM »
Couriermail --> Adele Brisbane 2017: Show a huge hit for the city

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BRISBANE Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner is wearing criticism from superstar Adele as a “badge of honour” after she took a swipe at council during last night’s show.

Cr Schrinner’s deference comes as the Gabba boss reassured ticket holders the “show will go ahead” on Sunday night, despite forecast storms, unless it became a safety issue.

The Deputy Mayor hailed Saturday night’s sell-out concert a success, despite earlier in the week warning the Gabba was an unsuitable venue to host the unprecedented 60,000-strong crowd.

Adele last night responded to the venue criticism by telling the “moaners” to “shut up”.

“I’m glad that she’s taking notice of this sort of stuff,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Often we get international entertainers (who) wake up in a new city each day, not taking a lot of interest in that city.

“Adele’s different. We think she’s fantastic. She’s obviously taken an interest in Brisbane.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S SHOW

COUNCILLOR Schrinner said people clearly planned ahead for the last night’s show, with the public lining up before 4.30pm to catch the first of almost 400 shuttle buses to the venue for the 7.30pm start.

“I think if we hadn’t have explained to people the importance of planning ahead and travelling early there would have been a lot of people who would’ve arrived late and missed the start of the show,” Cr Schrinner said. “That didn’t happen. We got everyone there on time.”

But he warned general public transport services were reduced on Sundays, which could complicate journeys if people were unprepared.

Aside from shuttle buses, six extra trains have been put on after 11pm.

Rail replacement buses will service other suburbs, with all the information available on the TransLink website.

Cr Schrinner said he would be open to discussions about having more concerts at the Gabba if tonight went well but would prefer to wait until the Cross River Rail is built, which would have a station located across the road from the stadium at the old Go Print site.

“The Gabba in the future, with Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro in place, will be the perfect venue for this type of large concert,” Cr Schrinner said.

“But obviously we’ve got … some work to do in improving the transport infrastructure. And that’s our focus right now.”

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

GABBA manager Blair Conaghan said the venue was “monitoring the weather closely as part of the weather management plan” ahead of forecast storms.

“The show will go ahead rain or shine, except where safety may be compromised,” Mr Conaghan said.

“In the case of wet weather, concert-goers are asked to pack a poncho, as umbrellas are not allowed inside the venue.”
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« Reply #36 on: March 05, 2017, 01:39:29 PM »
If there are storms, hope they blow over before start.  Punters deserve to enjoy the concert.

BOM http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/brisbane.shtml

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Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe. Light winds.
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« Reply #37 on: March 05, 2017, 01:40:36 PM »
:-t thanks Otto!   :-c

I think the only hiccup might be this evening with not many late trains ..
There will be plenty of people missing last trains!

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« Reply #38 on: March 05, 2017, 01:44:27 PM »
They can re-live it on youtube while they wait for the dawn ..  :P


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« Reply #39 on: March 05, 2017, 01:48:33 PM »
http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/adele-brisbane-2017-show-a-huge-hit-for-the-city/news-story/b48725b30d3fb580ae7e40a3b925c1af

" ... Cr Schrinner said he would be open to discussions about having more concerts at the Gabba if tonight went well but would prefer to wait until the Cross River Rail is built, which would have a station located across the road from the stadium at the old Go Print site.

“The Gabba in the future, with Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro in place, will be the perfect venue for this type of large concert,” Cr Schrinner said.

“But obviously we’ve got … some work to do in improving the transport infrastructure. And that’s our focus right now. ... ”


Positive attitude for the future!   :-t


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