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Funding delay on the M1 not worth the risk

Published: 21 December 2016

Funding delay on the M1 not worth the risk

The Federal Government continues to hold out on committing its fair share to fixing the Logan section of the M1 as a new report rates the road the fourth most dangerous in Australia.

The 15 kilometre section of the M1 between the Gateway and Logan motorways claimed one life and saw 383 crashes between 2010 and 2014, earning it notoriety as Queensland’s worst road in the latest Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) report released today by the RACQ.

Logan City Council Mayor Luke Smith said Logan residents and South-East Queensland commuters were the ones paying for the Federal Government’s funding gridlock.

“This report clearly states that fixing the M1 is a project of national significance,” Mayor Smith said.

“As we near the end of the year, this is a top ten list we would rather not feature in.

“While we wait for the Federal Government to honour the 80-20 funding split with the Queensland Government, motorists risk their lives, businesses lose millions of dollars stuck in traffic and, with the Commonwealth Games less than two years away, the region’s road failings are shaping up to be an international embarrassment.

“Fixing the M1 is on Infrastructure Australia’s priority list so now the Federal Government owes it to the people of Logan and the south-east region to do the right thing and commit appropriate funding so we can start work on the M1 upgrade as soon as possible.”

Mayor Smith has previously travelled to Canberra to seek a commitment from the Federal Government on the M1 and supported a delegation on the issue that included Queensland Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey, representatives of RACQ, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

To read the full report released on 21 December by RACQ, please visit http://ausrap.aaa.asn.au