No toll for alternate M1: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has rejected calls for an alternate M1 to be tolled, saying it would not deliver the best outcome for motorists currently hamstrung by congestion.

It came after the Gold Coast Bulletin reported Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate had called on the State Government to duplicate the M1 and charge a toll to drivers who used it, saying a private public partnership would allow the second motorway to be built sooner.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club did not support tolling on the Coomera Connector or other key roads, like the proposed North South Urban Arterial, north of Brisbane and parallel to the Bruce Highway, as toll roads.

“These are routes that are too important to toll – they’re critical to the future of transport,” Dr Michael said.

“The Coomera Connector is a much needed, vital piece of infrastructure not only to provide resilience to the M1, but also to meet the transport and mobility needs of residents and industry in that northern Gold Coast region.

“These residents and industry already pay their motoring taxes and they deserve access to good quality infrastructure.”

Dr Michael said the idea that this road would only provide benefits to freight industry or commuters was misinformed.

“The Coomera Connector will create an alternative for motorists when we see incidents on the M1,” she said.

“It will also meet the needs of mums, dads, residents and industry in the community, helping them get around the northern Gold Coast safely and efficiently.”

Dr Michael said the Coomera Connector was a priority and should receive the appropriate State and Federal Government funding.

“In the meantime, there is more work to be done on the existing M1 at interchanges, including implementing Managed Motorways technology. Other initiatives such as transit/truck lane queue jumps at entry ramps could also assist.”