Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced funding to upgrade two notoriously congested M1 entry and exit ramps.
Mr Morrison has continued his tour across south-east Queensland where he has unveiled a number of local infrastructure projects.
During a visit to The Gold Coast on Friday the Prime Minister committed $50 million to fix Exit 41 at Yatala and Exit 49 at Pimpama.
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“These are local congestion-busting projects that do two things – they get people where they need to go more quickly and they get them there more safely,” Mr Morrison said.
“It’s not a promise, it’s real money, it’s money down and it’s time to get on with it.”
The M1 announcements are part of a $130 million dollar package for south-east Queensland roads announced on Friday.
Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge says they’re making a difference to people’s lives with the M1 projects.
“It’s a 50 million dollar contribution to fix up those intersections which are busy and dangerous,” Mr Tudge said.
“Of course that complements the 1.2 billion investment that we already have into the M1 across four different projects and we work cooperatively with the State Government on that.”
Labor has this afternoon promised to match the Coalition’s funding, accusing the Government of ignoring the M1 until just before an election.
Labor Senator Murray Watt says it’s about time the LNP delivered for the Gold Coast.
“No matter who wins the election the funding is going to be delivered and we can finally see some action on the M1 rather than the six years of Gold Coast commuters being ignored by the LNP which is what we’ve seen happen,” Senator Watt said.
State MP for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates is calling on the State Government to come to the party with funding as well.
“It’s great news for grid locked traffic on the northern Gold Coast, we know it takes the Federal Government to announce these sorts of amounts and then have to drag Labor kicking and screaming to match it,” Ms Bates said.
“This is a 50-50 commitment of $50 million dollars and now Annastacia Palaszczuk and her lazy Government need to match the funding.”
Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed the announcement but wants to see action rather than politicians standing on the side of the road with cheque books.
“I’d say to the Prime Minister – money’s good, talk’s good but really it’s time for action, sign the deal with the State,” Mayor Tate said.
“We want to know the M1 is being resolved and really I know it’s an election year, I welcome his announcement but I would welcome it more when the sod gets turned and the fixing up of the M1 becomes reality.”
“That’s what Gold Coasters want.”