Tanker crash proves need for second M1: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has renewed its calls for a second M1, after a fuel tanker rollover caused delays for 15 hours at the weekend.

The crash, which occurred near Helensvale, forced the closure of the northbound and south lanes, which brought traffic to a standstill.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the incident highlighted the need for improved resilience and reliability of the road network between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“Duplicating the M1 would improve travel times, road safety and ensure people aren’t caught in their cars for hours after a crash like the one we saw on the weekend,” Dr Michael said.

“All it takes is one crash to cause extensive delays for a huge amount of motorists.”

Dr Michael said the Club’s views were shared by regular drivers, who rated the M1 as the most troublesome in its latest Red Spot Congestion survey.

“We know drivers who travel this road every day spend up to three weeks stuck in traffic every year, and it’s clear they’re frustrated with worsening congestion,” she said.

“As a popular freight, commuter and tourist route, traffic on the M1 is expected to grow by an extra three to four and a half thousand vehicles per year and that’s why action needs to be taken now.

“We’ve welcomed the State Government’s announcement planning and consultation will start on Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector, which we believe will help relieve congestion.

“We encourage all levels of government to work together to prioritise the project for early construction to provide relief to motorists sooner.”