TRAFFIC | M1 crawling as Gold Coasters head off for long weekend

UPDATE at 6pm | TRAFFIC is at a snail’s pace all the way from Brisbane to the Gold Coast as Queenslanders begin the Labour Day long weekend.

A number of minor accidents have contributed to the congestion, which stretches from Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane’s south, to Gaven on the Gold Coast.

There is some reprieve, before bumper-to-bumper conditions are again experienced through the roadworks zone in Mudgeeraba, south to Palm Beach.


UPDATE at 4.30pm | DRIVERS heading south out of Brisbane to the Gold Coast are in for a slow commute as thousands hit the road for the Labour Day long weekend.

An accident just prior to the Gateway merge in Eight Mile Plains is causing delays for southbound traffic.

Conditions remain congested both north and southbound through Logan on the Pacific Motorway.

While drivers will be on the brakes all the way south to Dreamworld.

An earlier crash in Upper Coomera has now been cleared, but is causing residual delays.

Both directions of traffic will experience heavy congestion through the roadworks zone in Mudgeeraba and Reedy Creek.

Anyone heading to Gold Coast Airport should allow extra time to get there.

EARLIER at 3.30pm | GOLD COASTERS are hitting the roads as they take advantage of the last long weekend for five months.

The Labour Day holiday on Monday will be the last time Queenslanders get to enjoy a three-day weekend until the recently-relocated Queens Birthday holiday in October.

As at 3pm on Friday there’s already heavy congestion on the Pacific Motorway.

Traffic is down to a crawl southbound from Ormeau to Gaven, with reports of an accident just past Wet’n’Wild.

Conditions are also heavy south from the Gooding Drive exit in Merrimac to Palm Beach, particularly through the roadworks zone.

It’s the same story for those heading north, from the Stewarts Road exit in Tugun to Mudgeeraba.

There is also bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Gateway Motorway southbound and through the Gateway Merge on to the M1.

You can check conditions before setting off on your trip via the myGC Live Traffic page.