Second M1 hailed a congestion busting relief

RACQ has welcomed news by the State Government of the construction of the Coomera Connector, which would provide relief for the hundreds of thousands of motorists stuck in daily traffic commuting between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Bulletin reported details of the ‘second M1’ would be announced by the Queensland Government today, with the section between Nerang and Coomera to be built first.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the new road would be a ‘game-changer’ for south east Queensland drivers, who spent almost three weeks a year stuck in traffic.

“This is fantastic news for motorists not just on the Gold Coast, but along the corridor and in Brisbane as well, and it’s something we’ve been campaigning for several years,” Mr Turner said.

“The M1 is a vital artery for Queensland, in particular the south east, but it can’t handle the load all by itself. The Coomera Connector will provide a relief valve for the area so if there is a blockage on the M1, traffic has an alternative route.”

Mr Turner said while the M1 was a national highway, it also provided connections to surrounding local suburbs for ten of thousands of vehicles each day.

“This road will ease congestion by providing another option for residents living in Coomera, Nerang and all along that stretch,” he said.

“We’re finally seeing State and Federal Governments cooperate on these major projects with four critical upgrades on the M1 also currently funded between Brisbane and the border.

“We have commuters travelling on the M1 every day and spending up to three weeks stuck in gridlock on this highway, so these upgrades plus the Coomera Connector will make a big difference to their lives.”