M1 + M2 = election ramp-up
Second M1 proposed to beat traffic
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.
WE WANT ANOTHER ONE: The LNP is pushing for a second M1 while refusing to make the project an election commitment.
Opposition leader Tim Nicholls.