With Adele set to shatter attendance records at The Gabba this weekend, the head of TransLink is urging concertgoers to plan ahead so they don’t miss out.
60,000 people are expected to attend each of Adele’s shows at The Gabba on Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March, smashing the previous attendance record of almost 40,000.
The record crowds have led to public sniping between Brisbane City Council and the event’s promoters, amid reports that the event will result in public transport chaos lasting all the way through to peak hour on Monday.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner have both stated that they would have preferred the concert to be held at Suncorp Stadium, because of its superior public transport options and proximity to the CBD.
Last week, in a statement intended to “clarify and correct some errors that have been noted in the media commentary” surrounding the concert, promoter Live Nation said that the decision to hold the concerts at The Gabba was made after more than a year of discussions and consultation.
That led to a rebuke from Cr Shrinner, who said that while the Council has been consulted on traffic and transport plans for the event, it was not consulted on whether the event should be held at The Gabba or Suncorp Stadium.
With all of that in mind, TransLink head Matt Longland has encouraged concertgoers to plan ahead and consider their public transport options before the weekend.
Mr Longland says a coordinated public transport plan is in place for the concerts to complement existing rail and bus timetables, with particular attention paid to Sunday.
“TransLink has been working closely with Stadiums Queensland, Queensland Rail, the Queensland Police Service, Brisbane City Council and private bus operators,” he says.
“TransLink has doubled the number of public transport options we normally provide for events at The Gabba. This free public transport will be available from noon, so patrons should consider making a day of it and get to the venue early and enjoy something to eat before the show.”
Mr Longland says buses will be the primary source of transport to and from the venue on both nights, with dedicated shuttle buses available on Saturday night to transport concertgoers from The Gabba back to Carindale, Chermside, Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street.
“A combined fleet of almost 400 vehicles — including event shuttle buses and rail replacement buses — has been made available for Sunday’s concert,” he says.
“Customers will also be able to use six Queensland Rail services from 11pm onwards, servicing the Ipswich, Kippa-Ring, Cleveland and Gold Coast lines. There will also be rail replacement buses running from Roma Street for all train lines except Doomben.
“We encourage concertgoers to use the shuttle service to travel to Roma Street if they want to use these rail services. The shuttle services will run until the venue is clear.
“If concertgoers need to make connecting services to get home on Sunday night, they should plan ahead to make themselves aware of the last connecting service.”
While extra services will be provided, Mr Longland has asked patrons to “exercise patience”, particularly when leaving The Gabba after the show.
Taxis and ride-booking services will also be available for concertgoers.
For more info on transport options for the Adele concerts, visit translink.com.au.