RACQ welcomes funding to complete M1 upgrade

RACQ has welcomed Labor’s commitment of $500 million for the final stage of the M1 upgrade between Daisy Hill and the Logan Motorway, which was one of the Club’s top priorities ahead of the State Election.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said funding for this project was the missing piece of the puzzle to complete the northern section of the Pacific Motorway Upgrade.

“We’ve been calling for funding for this project for years, so we’re thrilled Labor has committed to matching the Federal Government’s $500 million to finish the northern section,” Dr Michael said.

“There’s no doubt the M1 is one of the most congested and incident prone roads in Queensland and has long been crying out for upgrades.

“Traffic volumes and freight demand has outgrown the capacity of the existing motorway, with crashes and delays all to familiar for the tens of thousands of people who rely on it every day.

“Additional lanes and interchange improvements will make the road safer and improve travel times, which means a more productive and efficient road and better quality of life for Queenslanders.

“We’d now like to see all parties match this commitment to ensure this upgrade gets off the ground no matter the 31 October result.”

Dr Michael said work was expected to begin on the Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway upgrade in 2024 when the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill section was complete.

“We’d still like to see this project accelerated ahead of the 2024 timeline so there’s no delay in getting shovels in the ground,” she said.

“Our economy needs this stimulus more than ever and big infrastructure projects and pipelines of projects like this will keep Queenslanders in jobs and improve road safety outcomes at the same time.”

Queenslanders could keep up to date with which parties supported RACQ’s priorities by clicking the Club’s Election scorecard.