Plan to take 50,000 cars off the M1 for Comm Games

The Queensland Government has released plans for how it will tackle congestion at the Commonwealth Games next April, proposing 50,000 cars will be taken off the M1.

Despite the Games falling in the school holiday period nearly 150,000 cars were expected to travel from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, raising concern about traffic congestion during the 2018 event.

The State Government announced today an extensive range of accommodation options on the Gold Coast, increased public transport – including park and ride facilities, and congestion busting measures for the M1 were the three planks of its transport plan.

Minister for Road Safety Mark Bailey told media today temporary measures to improve traffic flow on the M1 included:

  • From 1 August 2017, permanent truck lane restrictions begin on the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Springwood (Exit 20) and Robina (Exit 82 Southbound and Exit 79 Northbound).
  • Allowing vehicles carrying athletes and officials under police escort to travel along the hard shoulder of a section of the M1 from Smith St to Hope Island at low speed if there is congestion that may prevent them from arriving at an event on time
  • Reducing the speed in the 100km/h zone by 10 km/h to 90km/h from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Logan Motorway interchange
  • Reducing the speed in the 110km/h speed zone by 10km/h to 100km/h from the Logan Motorway Interchange to Smith Street (Exit 66)
  • Temporary ramp management at the south bound Gold Coast Highway and Smith Street on-ramps.

RACQ’s Paul Turner said its Traffic Response Units and Highway Clearance vehicles would play a pivotal role in keeping the M1 moving.

“We’ll be the guardians of the Gold Coast. We will have increased vehicles patrolling the M1 for crashes to ensure a rapid response in clearing up the scenes and getting traffic moving once again,” Mr Turner said.

“QPS will be providing additional, high profile, traffic policing throughout the Games. While the option to run police escorted vehicles on the breakdown lanes will be in place, it will obviously be a last resort if the congestion is particularly bad.”

Mr Turner said there’s several things ticket holders can do for the Games including:

  1. Taking holidays and if going to the Games, try and stay on the gold coast rather than travel
  2. Be patient on the M1 – there will be reduced speed limits in noted congestion spots
  3. Use public transport – there will be NO parking at Games venues. The GC light rail will be up and running so you will be able to take the train and then there will be free commuter transport to the venues from the GC stations
  4. Park and ride will provide for 10,000 vehicles on the GC, and there will be double the number of transport options scheduled for the Games.