M1 upgrade plans revealed

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news work would begin on an upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, after plans for the $1 billion M1 project were revealed today.

Gold Coast Bulletin reported a new two-way service road would also be built between Tallebudgera and Palm Beach to take pressure off the busy stretch of road.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said RACQ had been calling for completion of Pacific Motorway upgrades to Tugun for many years.

“Traffic volumes and freight demand has outgrown the capacity of the existing motorway, with crashes and delays common, so we’re pleased the project will be kicking off in 2020,” Dr Michael said.

“The additional lanes and service road improvements will mean road users can get home quicker and safer, spending less time in traffic and more time with family and friends.

“Motorways are best suited to longer distance trips, so the service road will reduce demand and congestion on the M1 by offering an alternative route for local trips between suburbs.”

Dr Michael said it was crucial that the Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway upgrade was also progressed.

“We also need to see upgraded interchanges and Smart Motorways technology installed such as variable speed limits and ramp metering to further improve safety and capacity at critical locations,” she said.

“The Coomera Connector will provide an alternative route and reduce demand on the existing Pacific Motorway, so we need to see work continue on that business case so it can be delivered in the near future.”