Residents on the northern Gold Coast will finally see construction begin on the second M1 start in the middle of next year.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday that the first contract had been awarded to Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Georgiou Group Pty Ltd Joint Venture, with WSP and BG&E as the designers, to undertake enabling works and finalise the design for Coomera Connector Stage 1 North, between Coomera and Helensvale.
“I’m advised that that means we’ll be officially turning the sod on the Stage 1 North section of the project from Coomera to Helenvsale in the middle of next year once federal environmental approvals have been obtained,” Ms Palaszczuk told Queensland Parliament.
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“In addition, we are also forging ahead with the Stage 1 Central component of the project from Helensvale Road to the Smith Street Motorway.
“Requests for proposals on the Stage 1 Central package will be available to industry before the end of the year.
The Premier said the advancement was great news for the Gold Coast.
“Up to 210,00 cars travel on the M1 every day,” she said.
“Building the Coomera Connector is vital to easing congestion between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and catering for strong population growth in the region in the future.
“With the 2032 Olympic Games on the horizon, it’s never been more important to invest in vital transport infrastructure and work with the Commonwealth to ensure Queenslanders get their fair share.
“That’s why we’ve committed $755 million to deliver the 16 kilometre first stage of this important project.”
Federal Minister Paul Fletcher said the contract award was a significant milestone.
“The Coomera Connector is a significant project that will provide long-term benefits to commuters across South East Queensland by providing an alternative north-south route that will help ease congestion on the M1,” Minister Fletcher said.
“The Morrison Government is providing funding for Stage 1 of this project as part of our record $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive Australia’s economic recovery.
“By alleviating congestion along critical transport corridors, we’re helping people to get home to their families sooner and safer, we’re helping freight move more quickly between our cities, and we’re generating jobs across the country.”