The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has welcomed today’s announcement that a Queensland LNP Government will build a second M1 in order to alleviate the chronic congestion that has become the hallmark of travelling along the current route.
TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said that while residents of Brisbane and the Gold Coast will breathe a sigh of relief at the announcement, work on this vital project must commence immediately should the LNP win government.
“This is a congestion-busting project that will drive economic and jobs growth,” Ms Osmond said.
“Ask any local resident and they will tell you the Pacific Highway is an embarrassment to the Gold Coast. It’s simply not good enough for a world class city.
“The first impression for tens of thousands of tourists coming to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games will be that they are stuck in a car park on the M1 on their way into the city.
“Today’s commitment from the LNP to co-fund with the Federal Government a $500 million four-lane arterial between Nerang and Stapylton is a very welcome first step in providing a long-term solution to this problem.
“While this announcement is supported, it is also important that investment in new roads is complemented by improvements to the public transport network and TTF is also urging the LNP to commit to extending the Gold Coast Light Rail to the Gold Coast Airport to provide a seamless public transport connection from up and down the spine of the Gold Coast.
“It is also time now for the Palaszczuk Government to release their transport plan for the Gold Coast.”
Ms Osmond said recent research undertaken by TTF has shown that Queensland is the state that loves their cars more than any other in Australia, suggesting the next Queensland Government must continue to invest in vital road infrastructure.
“TTF research undertaken by Nielsen shows that Queenslanders love their cars more than any other Australians, with 64 per cent preferring the car over other modes of transport,” Ms Osmond said.
“Furthermore, 80 per cent of Queenslanders also think that they will own their own car in 10 years’ time.”