It seems Gold Coasters are still very much in favour of a second M1, with a new survey showing overwhelming support for the Coomera Connector.
Currently, a jointly funded business case in underway, but the project is yet to be locked in.
With over 210,000 vehicles clogging the M1 through Coomera on the busier days, and the northern corridor becoming more and more popular, as many as 4 in 5 Gold Coasters believe a second M1 is the answer.
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Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge says the project needs to be delivered, and now could be the time to do it.
“This project will be critical to supporting growth on the Gold Coast in the years to come and it’s great to see this level of community support for it.
“It’s crucial we make headway on infrastructure across South-East Queensland as we come out of the COVID pandemic,” Mr Tudge said.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey say the survey showed overwhelming results.
“This was an independent survey of 1,000 residents and businesses spread out between Loganholme and Coolangatta.
“I’d like to thank everyone who provided input into the planning of this city-shaping project,” Mr Bailey said.
While various other local state and federal MPs say they’ve received the same response – that the Coomera Connector is desperately needed.
“The resounding message from many people was ‘get on with it’ and that’s what we’re doing,” said Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert.
“Developing the business case is the next step required to put forward the case for the Coomera Connector to be a national infrastructure priority,” he added.
“Eighty per cent of those surveyed supported the Coomera Connector overall and 76 per cent supported the priority Stage 1 section between Coomera and Nerang,” State Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said.
Locals have until June 16 to have their say on the project. For more information, click here.