RACQ welcomes Coomera Connector promise

RACQ has applauded both sides of politics for promising to build an alternative to the M1 which would help ease congestion and provide an alternate route for commuters between Gold Coast and Brisbane.

The State Government announced it would allocate $755 million dollars to start building Stage1 of the Coomera Connector, from Coomera to Nerang, within the next 12 months, while the Opposition also said it would support the project.

RACQ’s Paul Turner said the project had long been on the Club’s wish list.

“Our research has shown drivers between Gold Coast and Brisbane waste up to three weeks a year stuck in traffic and this project will go a long way to helping locals get out of congestion and to their destinations and spending time with their families,” Mr Turner said.

“The M1 is the busiest road in Queensland, so it’s obvious we need to have an alternative route to help take local and freight trips off the motorway, to provide a relief valve when we do have those crashes on the M1 and provide new road, active and public transport options to high growth residential and industrial areas on the northern Gold Coast.”

Mr Turner called on the Federal Government to commit the remaining 50 percent of the funding now, regardless of which side of politics won when Queenslanders voted on 31 October.

“South east Queensland is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, traffic is only going to get worse and if we want to continue to be in the running to host events like the 2032 Olympics it’s crucial we see continued investment and action on this project now.”