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State champions case for Get Logan Moving

Published: 14 July 2016

State champions case for Get Logan Moving

The campaign to Get Logan Moving is being championed by the Queensland Government.

City of Logan Mayor, Cr Luke Smith, is joining a delegation to Canberra that's calling on the Turnbull Government to fix congestion on the M1 and use the appropriate 80:20 funding split.

Cr Smith today met with the Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey, Gold Coast Mayor Cr Tom Tate, and representatives from RACQ and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

All parties acknowledged it was vital to upgrade the M1, being part of the National Land Transport Network and the highest trafficked road in Queensland, with more than 147,000 vehicles travelling along it each day, including 12,000 heavy vehicles.

After an hour-long meeting, the parties issued a joint media statement:

We are calling on the Turnbull Government to fund $430 million upgrades to the M1 at the Gateway merge (M3) and Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes using the appropriate 80:20 funding split.

The Queensland Government has committed 20 per cent for each project.

The M1 is part of the National Land Transport Network, and therefore should be funded in line with the Federal Government’s own funding formula.

These are vitally important upgrades as the M1 is the highest trafficked road in Queensland.

More than 147,000 vehicles travel on the M1 each day, including more than 12,000 heavy vehicles.

The Federal Government has funded other national highway projects in Queensland 80:20, including the Bruce Highway, the Gateway Upgrade North and the Warrego Highway.

Similarly, in New South Wales the Federal Government funded a $5.6 billion upgrade to the M1, just across the border, using an 80:20 funding split.

Without these vital upgrades we will see the M1 pushed to capacity for longer periods, causing frustrations for motorists and businesses in lost productivity.

We want a fair deal for Logan, the Gold Coast and Queensland. We want to get these projects underway.

Led by the Minister, we will take part in a delegation to Canberra with other key stakeholders as soon as possible.