Surprise, surprise! The M1’s been named as one of the most congested roads in Queensland.
A recent RACQ survey found the pesky stretch of highway between Loganholme and Eight Mile Plains is the third most troublesome for Queensland motorists.
While interchanges at Ormeau, Pimpama, Coomera and Oxenford were also named and shamed for their unnecessary delays.
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The RACQ says they received more than 2,000 nominations for frustrating roads around the state as part of their annual ‘Red Spot Congestion’ survey.
The club’s Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael says it’s clear Gold Coast motorists are fed up.
“We put the call out to drivers, who are in the best position to identify problem spots, to help us locate the roads which were constantly causing them headaches behind the wheel,” Dr Michael said.
“Across the Gold Coast, there were more than 200 nominations for congested roads, with Foxwell Road and Old Pacific Highway intersection, Coomera, Tillyroen Road at Ormeau and the Gold Coast Highway also featuring on the list.
“The Coomera Connector upgrade needs to be delivered to provide an alternative corridor to take the increasing pressure off the Foxwell Road and Old Pacific Highway, Exit 54 interchange. In the meantime, installing traffic lights on the entry-ramp could also be considered to help ease gridlock,” she said.
The RACQ now plans to put the survey results to all levels of government, calling for more road funding and improvements.
“It’s clear congestion is an issue that really grinds our gears and costs us time and lost productivity, especially now that we’re returning to more frequent travel following last year’s COVID-19 lockdown,” Dr Michael said.
“We’ll use this information to guide our policy and to lobby all tiers of government for solutions to bottlenecked areas.”
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