Building a second M1 is a key part of Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington’s plan unveiled today to bust congestion.
Ms Frecklington said the M1 was one the state’s most congested roads and would be overhauled if the LNP was elected in 2020.
“My plan to bust congestion for the thousands of Gold Coast motorists who rely on the M1 is about investing in more infrastructure projects and planning for the future,” Ms Frecklington said.
“I’m pledging a $1 billion contribution to upgrade the M1 and $250 million to start work on a second M1.
“My plan is above and beyond what the Labor Government has proposed and will deliver infrastructure the Gold Coast needs both now and in the future.
“A four lane arterial road would act as an alternative to the existing Pacific Motorway and is crucial for the Gold Coast’s future.
“Upgrades address current issues, but a good government doesn’t just keep playing catch-up.
“My plan would fix the existing road and build a second M1 to get Gold Coast residents home safer and sooner.”
The 36.5km corridor for a second M1 stretches from Stapylton-Jacobs Well Rd at Staplyton to Nerang-Broadbeach Rd in Nerang and would require $250 million in federal funding as well (total project value is $500 million).
Ms Frecklington said she would match the Federal Government’s funding commitment to bust congestion on the M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, as well the Eight Miles Plains to Daisy Hill stretch.
Ms Frecklington said investing $500 million to upgrade the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill section of the M1 in Brisbane was an important part of her plan to deliver a safer, more reliable and efficient M1.