UPDATE @ 11.30 AM | A CRASH on the M1 is only adding to the chaos on the already gridlocked Pacific Motorway today.
The accident is understood to have happened at Oxenford around 11.15am.
At the time of writing, major delays were being experienced on the northern section of the busy stretch of road, with traffic banked up all the way from Slacks Creek to Oxenford.
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The gridlock begins again at Merrimac and continues all the way until motorists reach Tugun.
Heavy delays are also being experienced on roads in Labrador, Southport and Main Beach as holiday-makers head to the beach.
Drivers travelling along Marine Parade, the Gold Coast Highway, Queen Street and High Street are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.
Traffic Map @ 11.30 AM:
FIRST @ 10.15 AM | MOTORISTS are being warned to brace for lengthy delays on the Pacific Motorway again today, following 50km of gridlock on Thursday.
Already, delays are building on the M1 with bumper to bumper traffic from Ormeau to Pimpama.
The delays begin again southbound from Coomera to Helensvale, with traffic also heavily congested from Worongary to Palm Beach.
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Queenslanders’ holiday traffic misery is set to keep worsening without major infrastructure investment from the Qld Government.
Traffic Map @ 10.30 AM:
Motorists faced mayhem on the M1 yesterday and traffic is expected to be heavy again as more residents head to beaches today.
“Queenslanders just want to relax with their friends and family, but many will be spending hours stuck in traffic because of our growing congestion crisis,” Mr Mander said.
He said plans to build a second M1 would help curb the “massive congestion problem”.
“We’re committed to upgrading the M1 and to building a second M1 to cut congestion between the Gold Coast and Brisbane – our two biggest cities,” he said.
Roads in Labrador, Southport and Main Beach, including Marine Parade and the Gold Coast Highway, are also in gridlock.
Motorists are being urged to be patient and to allow for extra travel time.