M1 + M2 = elec­tion ramp-up

Sec­ond M1 pro­posed to beat traf­fic

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kirstin Payne kirstin.payne@bi­grigs.com.au

IT’S AMOST elec­tion sea­son in Queens­land, which means it is time for a num­ber of in­fra­struc­ture pro­pos­als to be dusted off and trot­ted out.

A sec­ond M1, the “M2” was the most re­cent pro­posal to be spruiked in re­cent weeks, by the Sun­shine state’s Lib­eral Na­tional op­po­si­tion.

The pro­posal would see the build­ing of a ma­jor four-lane ar­te­rial road to ease pres­sure on the M1, much to the plea­sure of driv­ers who reg­u­larly tackle the route.

Is es­ti­mated to take 60,000 cars off sec­tions of the M1 and would be built on a 36.5km area set aside for the In­tra-Re­gional Trans­port Cor­ri­dor, be­tween Pim­pama and Nerang.

As part of the an­nounce­ment Op­po­si­tion leader Tim Ni­cholls launched a pe­ti­tion to put pres­sure on the cur­rent gov­ern­ment to build the pro­posed “M2”.

Mr Ni­cholls said the cur­rent mo­tor­way was reach­ing ca­pac­ity and the con­stant traf­fic de­lays and back­logs not only frus­trated mo­torists but were an eco­nomic hand­brake on jobs.

“It would be a game changer for the north­ern Gold Coast and ease the bur­den on the cur­rent M1,” he said.

How­ever, Mr Ni­cholls made no com­mit­ment to fund the pro­posed mo­tor­way should his party be elected.

Deputy Premier and Min­is­ter for Trans­port Jackie Trad said the tac­tics em­ployed by Tim Ni­cholls and the LNP were be­wil­der­ing.

“It is quite ex­tra­or­di­nary that the LNP has re­fused to make th­ese projects an elec­tion com­mit­ment, but is now ‘pe­ti­tion­ing’ the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment,” the Deputy Premier said.

“In fact the only thing they ever said was that they would fund the project if they were al­lowed to sell our as­sets.

The De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads has es­ti­mated the over­all cost of the project to be at least $2.4 bil­lion, in­clud­ing the cost of land.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lors have hit out at both sides of gov­ern­ment sug­gest­ing there has been no ef­fort to sup­port the thou­sands of mo­torists and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles who are caught in the traf­fic stand­still each week.

Other con­ges­tion ef­forts have seen trucks banned from lanes on the M1.

PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN

WE WANT AN­OTHER ONE: The LNP is push­ing for a sec­ond M1 while re­fus­ing to make the project an elec­tion com­mit­ment.

PHOTO: MIKE RICHARDS

Op­po­si­tion leader Tim Ni­cholls.

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