Lo­cal buses part of 2018 Games

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

CRISPS Coaches and Bus Lines will help run the show at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

The Stan­thorpe bus com­pany has been ac­cepted as one of the busi­nesses to as­sist Games LinQ trans­port spec­ta­tors and vol­un­teers.

Crisps Coaches and Bus Lines man­agers Jared and Kris­tian Crisp are thrilled their buses were ac­cepted to be­come part of the Games which are set to draw hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple to the Gold Coast.

“What hap­pened was they put out ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est, we sub­mit­ted one and be­cause we’ve got a strong mod­ern fleet, we had buses ac­cepted to go into the Com­mon­wealth Games in the first round of of­fers,” Kris­tian said.

Crisps Coaches will send five to six bus driv­ers to the coast to cover the event.

“Dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games, our ve­hi­cles go down to join a heap of de­pots down at the Gold Coast and Bris­bane,” Kris­tian said.

“We’ll be go­ing to the North­ern most de­pot at the Gold Coast for the two weeks of the Com­mon­wealth Games. Our main role will be trans­port­ing spec­ta­tors and also the Com­mon­wealth Games’ work­force from venues to trans­port hubs. The buses will work al­most non-stop. When we go down there, the buses be­come part of what’s called the Games LinQ fleet.”

Kris­tian said it was great for Crisps Coaches to be part of the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

“It’s a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for us to go down there for those two weeks and utilise our as­sets,” he said.

“It’s a good lot of work for us. It’s a great thing to be a part of.”

The Com­mon­wealth Games is not the first big event the Stan­thorpe busi­ness has been in­volved with.

“This is not the first time we’ve done some­thing like this,” Kris­tian said.

“Back in the 2000 Olympics, we had buses go down there as well. The Olympics were run re­ally well so, hope­fully, this will be the same.

“It’s a pretty big un­der­tak­ing, the whole scope of the Com­mon­wealth Games is just mas­sive.”

Jared and Kris­tian have been in­volved with the busi­ness since they were kids and have seen Crisps Coaches grow.

The bus com­pany opened its Bris­bane de­pot about 10 years ago.

“Prob­a­bly the past five years, we’ve started to in­crease what we have out there,” Kris­tian said.

“But Stan­thorpe is al­ways go­ing to be our main fo­cus.

“I still call here home. I like how ev­ery­one looks af­ter one an­other and you’ve got a sense of com­mu­nity and it’s just a good size.

“Ev­ery­one’s got a good at­ti­tude.”

PHOTO: KIM MICKE

NEXT STOP: Crisps Coaches and Bus Lines man­agers Jared and Kris­tian Crisp are ready for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

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