The M1 looking north from Ormeau bridge

RACQ back proposed improvements to the M1

The RACQ has given the thumbs up to proposed M1 improvements and creation of a new highway after both the Government and the opposition announced plans to ease congestion on our busiest motorway.

Both Liberal and Labor have promised to make changes to the M1 and RACQ’s head of public policy, Dr Rebecca Michael, said improving a number of lanes would be a good start.

“Labor’s $206 million commitment to upgrade the southern M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun is welcomed, as the project has long been a priority,” she said.


“At the very least we want to see six lanes and interchange upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and eight lanes from the Gateway Motorway to Loganholme.”

The state opposition has announced a plan to build a second M1, known as the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor, which would see a multi-lane road constructed on a corridor between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang.

“The LNP has publicly committed $500 million to this project, which will work hand-in-hand with the other projects to relieve congestion and further improve travel times on the M1, which is encouraging for Gold Coast motorists,” she said.