Renewed calls for M1 upgrade

A chief motoring group has called on both sides of politics to make the Pacific Motorway upgrade a priority ahead of this year’s federal election.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said Gold Coast residents faced increasing road congestion and the new Federal Government needed to pledge funding for a solution.

“We’ve been calling for the Pacific Motorway upgrade for years,” Ms Smith said.


“Gold Coast commuters are sick of sitting in traffic for hours on the Pacific Motorway, which is struggling to cope with high vehicle volumes.

“Locals who commute to Brisbane shouldn’t be forced to leave earlier to avoid the gridlock.

“More than that, the significant delays are resulting in lost productivity for freight vehicles, for which the Pacific Motorway serves as the major north-south corridor connecting South East Queensland with the rest of the State, and New South Wales.”

Ms Smith said the Pacific Motorway needed to be upgraded to eight lanes from the Gateway Motorway to Loganholme and six lanes between Nerang and Tugun.

“There needs to be a focus on infrastructure this federal election, and this is a perfect example of how one project could better the daily experience of up to 145,000 motorists who use the Pacific Motorway every day.”

RACQ supports the Australian Automobile Association’s Keep Australia Moving campaign which encourages voters to voice their local transport concerns to candidates – click here.