Three-prong plan to tackle GC congestion: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has released its list of priorities for the Gold Coast ahead of the election, with the M1 and light rail development projects taking top spots.

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RACQ named the Pacific Motorway upgrade, the extension of the light rail and the development of a second M1 as key projects to be delivered by the incoming Government.

RACQ’s Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said Labor’s pre-election commitment to upgrade the M1 to at least six lanes on the entire stretch from Brisbane to the border, was a good start.

“This is Queensland’s busiest road and one of the state’s worst bottlenecks, it’s sorely in need of additional capacity,” Dr Michael said.

“Labor’s $206 million commitment to upgrade the southern M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun is welcomed, as the project has long been a priority for the Club.

“At the very least we want to see six lanes and interchange upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and eight lanes from the Gateway Motorway to Loganholme.”

Dr Michael said the second M1 project, known as the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor, would see a multi-lane road constructed on a preserved 36km corridor between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Staplyton and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang.

“The LNP has publicly committed $500 million to this project, which will work hand-in-hand with the other projects to relieve congestion and further improve travel times on the M1, which is encouraging for Gold Coast motorists,” she said.

Dr Michael said RACQ also pushed for the Gold Coast Light Rail to be extended south to Coolangatta and the airport, to complement the Pacific Motorway upgrade.

“This expansion will target the most populated areas of the glitter strip, delivering a high-standard, high-frequency public transport link which will further ease pressure on the region’s roads.”

To view RACQ’s Priority Transport Projects, please visit the website.