M1 upgrade a huge win for drivers: RACQ

RACQ has applauded the Queensland Government after it announced it would stump up the funds required for vital upgrades to one of the State’s most congested roads.

Ahead of its June Budget, the Palaszczuk Government announced it would deliver $897 million required for M1 upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun and between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill. The Federal Government had already committed the other funds required.

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RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said it was a huge win for drivers in the south east.

“It’s great to see both the Federal and State Governments working together to provide this vital funding for the M1,” Mr Turner said.

“We’ve been calling for these upgrades for years and we congratulate the State Government for stepping up to match the Federal funding.”

Mr Turner said the works would reduce the amount of time commuters spent sitting in traffic.

“These projects will make a significant difference to congestion on the M1 by having a minimum of six lanes from Brisbane to the border and eight lanes through the most congested northern section,” he said.

“It’ll fix the bottlenecks at the Gateway merge and further south where it currently tightens to only four lanes.”

The State Government said the upgrades would commence by 2020.