M1 speed reductions in force ahead of Comm Games

The State’s peak motoring body has warned motorists speed reductions on the M1 would take effect tomorrow ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

M1 Pacific Motorway South sign on the Gold Coast

As of 1 March, speed limits on the Pacific Motorway would drop from 100km/h to 90km/h between M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Logan Motorway interchange and from 110km/h to 100km/h between Logan Motorway Interchange to the Smith Street exit.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the changes aimed to improve safety and reduce congestion in the lead up to and during the Commonwealth Games.

“National and international research indicates lowering speeds actually increases motorway capacity,” Ms Ritchie said.

“With predictions more than six million journeys will be taken during the 10 days of competition, we need to do everything we can to make getting around easier.

“These speed changes are not to be ignored – police will be out in force to clamp down on drivers doing the wrong thing. The reduced speed limits would be in effect until at least 15 April at the completion of the event.”

Ms Ritchie said other measures were also being introduced to ease travel woes.

“Ramp metering at the Gold Coast Highway (Exit 62) and Smith Street (Exit 66) will ensure traffic keeps moving at a constant pace,” she said.

“RACQ will also have its Transport Response Units patrolling the M1 to clear up any incidents and get traffic moving again as quickly as possible.

“With 1.5 million spectators, 50,000 workers and volunteers, 6,600 athletes and team officials and 3,500 accredited media representatives descending on Queensland next month, we all need to do our part to make travel as smooth as possible.

“Use the next few weeks to plan your trips, and if you don’t need to be on the M1 during the Games, please steer clear.”

Motorists were encouraged to plan their journey at getsetforthegames.com.