RACQ welcomes M1 funding to ease congestion

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a commitment by the Federal Government to ease congestion on the M1.

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Courier Mail reported Prime Minister Scott Morrison would on Friday announce $130 million to help motorists avoid congestion at exits on the M1, as well as on the Mount Lindesay Highway and Ipswich Motorway.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club had lobbied for M1 upgrades for years, and the news was fantastic for motorists.

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“It’s good to see Queensland’s busiest road receiving more funding, especially after we’ve had four other major upgrades in the last three years signed off by the State and Federal Governments,” Dr Michael said.

“We’re pleased to see funding directed towards improving traffic flow and safety at two of the most congested exits at Yatala Exit 41 and at Pimpama Exit 49. We’d also like to see an upgrade at Oxenford Exit 57 in the future to address delays and vehicle queueing safety issues.

“Drivers in the area have called out Exit 57, and others along the M1 at Yatala, Ormeau and Pimpama, regularly when we’ve carried out our Red Spot Congestion survey and also require safety and capacity upgrades.”