In addition to delivering an alternative route between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Queensland’s largest cities need immediate upgrades to the national highway linking them. For weeks, the Palaszczuk Labor Government turned down $1 billion from the Federal Coalition for immediate M1 upgrades to the south of Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
The Coalition is committing $1 billion for the construction of two high-priority upgrade projects – one between Varsity Lakes and Tugun on the Gold Coast section of the M1 Corridor, and one between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill. The Varsity Lakes to Tugun project is expected to include widening of both the north and southbound carriageways to six lanes, a direct northbound off-ramp from the M1 to Southport – Burleigh Road, ramp upgrades with ramp controls, auxiliary lanes, pavement reconstruction works and better cycling and walking connections between centres.
The Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill project is expected to include widening the motorway from six to eight lanes, ramp consolidation, managed motorways technology, extending the busway to Springwood, supporting bus priority south of Springwood and better active transport connections between centres.
The M1 is one of the most important and heavily congested routes in Queensland with nearly 30 million tonnes of freight moving between New South Wales and Queensland each year and between 50,000 and 155,000 vehicles per day using sections of the M1 from Springwood to Tugun.
The LNP would immediately match the Federal Coalition’s funding for the M1 to get the ball rolling on upgrades which will relieve congestion. The LNP would fast-track the funding to fix the M1. Unlike Labor, fixing the M1 is an LNP priority. This $1 billion commitment would complement the delivery of a Second M1 between Nerang and Stapylton.
The LNP built the first M1 and we know how important it is to invest in the infrastructure that a growing region needs. These M1 upgrades will get Queenslanders home safer and sooner. Rather than picking fights with Canberra, Queenslanders just want to see congestion-busting projects become reality. We can’t wait for another election to get them built!