Why there’s no one on the M1
IT'S a word rarely synonymous with the Pacific Highway - quiet.
But that's what the stretch motorway is like for motorists on the M1 today.
While traffic is heavy around sections leading to and from Commonwealth Games venues, there's never been a better time to travel up and down the highway.
Even Coomera train station, usually a hub of activity, was a ghost town this morning.
The usually full platform and car park was virtually empty.
But RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said the fewer cars on the road was as expected and warned motorists not to become complacent.
"It's expected on day one that it will be good," she said.
"People are staying off the road, plus it's school holidays, so we're not surprised day one is good. Days one, two and three will be quiet but on day four more people will believe it's dead quiet and will get back on the road.
"Don't be lulled in by a false sense of security."
Ms Ritchie said the real test would be on Tuesday, when road events would come together.
She said traffic was expected to "ramp up" by then.
But it was a different story for those travelling en route to and from Games venues across the city, with some people forced to wait for trams and buses choc-a-bloc with sports fans.
Streets normally free-flowing have spots of traffic gridlock, with Southport hard-hit.
Lawson Street, parts of Scarborough Street, Marine Parade, Queen Street, Minnie Street, brolga Avenue, Musgrave Avenue, Parklands Drive and exits on Smith Street Motorway.
Parts of the Gold Coast Highway along Broadbeach are also at a trickle, including Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach Boulevard, Surf Parade, Australia Avenue, First Avenue and Old Burleigh Road.
Traffic is also slow on Nerang Broadbeach Road.