M1 fix coming “straight after Games”

RACQ has welcomed the State Government’s commitment to upgrade more of the Gold Coast’s most critical road, the M1, immediately after the Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast Bulletin reported Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey had promised work to upgrade the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes and at the Gateway merge would commence immediately after the Games.

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RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the upgrade would be welcomed by Gold Coast motorists who were in desperate need of improved road and transport infrastructure.

“It’s great to hear these works will begin straight after the Games because the Gold Coast really depends on a well-functioning M1,” Dr Michael said.

“We’ve been working to get this upgrade going for many years and, after a horror start to this year’s road toll, we’re reminded about how vital good quality infrastructure is to the safety and lives of Queenslanders.”

Dr Michael said there would be an influx of athletes, officials and spectators coming to the south east during the Commonwealth Games and locals would need to play their part to help ease pressure on the road network.

“The Gold Coast will be on show during the Games so we’ll all need to work together to ensure we can meet the transport demands around the events,” she said.

Dr Michael said RACQ had also previously called on the State Government to progress the planning of an M1 alternative.

“If we’re really going to alleviate traffic congestion on the M1, we’ll not only need to upgrade the existing road, we’ll need a second route,” she said.

“That’s why we’re calling on the State Government to progress the M1 alternative by preserving the Intra Regional Transport Corridor.”