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