PM To Pledge $1 Billion To Fix Bottlenecks Along M1

Feds want State Gov to match cash splash

Amy Drew

10 April 2018

Amy Drew

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today put $1 billion on the table to fix congestion and troublesome bottlenecks on the M1, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The funding would focus on two key areas - widening the motorway to eight lanes between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill at Logan and widening to six lanes between Varsity Lakes and Tugun at the southern end of the stretch.

There's a catch though, because it is a pre-budget announcement the federal government wants the state government to match the investment.

"These are two very important projects on the highly congested M1 corridor, they are vitally needed. What we now look forward to is seeing detailed business cases being developed by the Queensland government," said Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher.

State Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says it's a good start, but he will be advocating for the motorway and the state in general, to get a better deal.

"We've put $206 million on the table to six-lane it all the way to the border, it is a bit of a mystery why the Turnbull government funds the M1 80 per cent in Brisbane and NSW but only does 50 per cent for the Gold Coast. We'll continue to push for equal treatment for the M1," he said.

"There's no doubt the Turnbull government have ignored the Gold Coast's infrastructure, they're playing catch up with this. The Palaszczuk government have done the heavy lifting whether it's the majority of the Light Rail Stage Two, duplication of the heavy rail from Helensvale to Coomera and $350 million worth of road upgrades."

"We're happy to work with them, but we need to see more."




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