Gold Coast’s M1 named worst road in Queensland

Surprise, Surprise… Locals could have told you it themselves, but the Gold Coast’s Pacific Motorway has officially been labelled the worst road in all of Queensland.

The M1 was voted as the most troublesome road across the entire state in RACQ’s recent Red Spot Congestion Survey.

The motoring body’s spokesperson Renee Smith said several Gold Coast roads had actually been identified by drivers as causing unnecessary delays.


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“We asked motorists right around Queensland to pinpoint the exact locations that had bumper to bumper traffic which led to frustration behind the wheel,” Ms Smith said.

“It comes as no surprise to hear drivers on the coast say the Pacific Motorway is the most congested road, with two separate locations (Ormeau to Helensvale and Mudgeeraba to Tugun) drawing the ire of motorists.”

Ms Smith is now calling on the re-instated Queensland Government to urgently fix our local roads.

“We have seen some improvements to exits on the Pacific Motorway and additional lanes announced from Varsity Lakes to Tugun, but there’s a lot more that needs to be done to alleviate congestion and reduce travel times,” she said.

“We’ll be using the results of this survey to form our policy positions and continue to lobby both local and State governments to come up with solutions to other bottlenecked areas.”

Gold Coast’s worst roads according to RACQ’s Red Spot Congestion Survey:

 Pacific Motorway, Exits 41 to 57 from Ormeau to Helensvale

  1. Pacific Motorway, Mudgeeraba to Tugun
  2. Mt Lindesay Highway, Browns Plains to Jimboomba
  3. Smith Street Motorway, Pacific Motorway to Olsen Avenue
  4. Southport Burleigh Road (Bundall Road), Ashmore
  5. Gold Coast Highway at Pine Ridge Road and Oxley Drive.