THE LNP WILL PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
We need an alternative to the Pacific Motorway. It was the LNP that built the first M1, linking Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and if Labor fails to bring forward any funding and get on with the planning, it will be an LNP Government that will build a second M1.
Congestion is getting worse, we need to plan for the future. The Pacific Motorway is the busiest road in Queensland, with an average of 145,000 vehicles travelling on the M1 each day. The M1 was built 20 years ago and population growth has already exceeded the capacity of this major arterial connection. It is not good enough that the current motorway is gridlocked or blocked for hours after an accident. Local motorists need alternative routes, we cannot just keep adding lanes to the M1.
An alternative to the M1 could take up to 60,000 vehicles a day off the existing Pacific Motorway. Annastacia Palaszczuk’s band-aid solution of reducing the speed limit to delay building infrastructure is not the answer and just won’t cut it. Labor’s M1 lies were exposed on the 2017 Election Day when it was revealed their policy had a $176 million funding shortfall. Labor is also yet to fully budget the funding to upgrade the M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun and Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill.
An alternative to the M1 could take up to 60,000 vehicles a day off the existing Pacific Motorway. The Second M1 project will be a 4-lane arterial road from Nerang-Broadbeach Road to Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road with three stages comprising:
Stage 1: Shipper Dr, Coomera to Gold Coast Hwy
Stage 2: Gold Coast Hwy to Nerang-Broadbeach Rd
Stage 3: Shipper Dr to Stapylton-Jacobs Well Rd
The Second M1 will provide an alternative north-south route to the Pacific Motorway on the northern Gold Coast and Beenleigh. The corridor already exists, we just need to commence planning and design work. It will reduce traffic pressure and congestion on the Pacific Motorway and provide alternative traffic routes in the case of an accident or severe congestion. This will reduce congestion on the northern part of the M1 to get people home safer and sooner.
We can’t wait until the next election – Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to get on with building the Second M1.