Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate’s idea to implement a toll to help speed up the build of the second M1 has been blasted by RACQ and the State Opposition.
The development for a second M1 has been stalled as the State and Federal Government argue over how to split costs.
Queensland’s leading motoring body has accused the Mayor of backing the toll companies over his constituents.
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“To be perfectly honest the comments by the Gold Coast Mayor smack of tolling company rhetoric opposed to smart infrastructure planning,” RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said.
“The Coomera Connector is a much needed missing link it will help residents and freight operators move in a timely fashion.”
Queensland LNP has ruled out including any tolls as part of their plan to bust congestion on Gold Coast’s roads.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said they’d prefer to have a second motorway built.
“It’s about taking up to 60,000 cars off the existing motorway and busting congestion,” she said.
“The Second M1 delivered by an LNP Government will not be a toll road because we know people pay enough tax already.”