RACQ welcomes M1 commitments ahead of election

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed Labor’s commitment to improve the Gold Coast’s M1, which it claims would see the highway upgraded to at least six lanes on its entire length from Brisbane to the border.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the $206 million commitment towards the upgrade of the southern M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun was a priority for the Club.

“We’ve been calling for the six-lane upgrade to Tugun for a number of years, the additional capacity on this particular stretch of the M1 is vital if we want to future proof the region,” Mr Turner said.

“The $25 million for the upgrade to the Oxenford interchange is also well overdue, with that particular area a common headache for Gold Coast motorists.

“These upgrades will work hand in hand with RACQ’s other priorities for the region, including the extension of the Gold Coast light rail and the second M1 project, to relieve congestion and improve travel times.”

The announcement came after the Liberal National Party promised $500 million for a four-lane motorway between Stapylton and Nerang.

Mr Turner said it was encouraging to see both sides of politics have committed to upgrades to this notorious stretch of road ahead of the election.

“Gold Coast motorists have suffered with sub-standard roads and public transport for too long, they deserve to be a priority.”