Logan City Mayor welcomes funding announcement on M1
Published: 12 October 2017
Logan City Mayor Luke Smith has welcomed yesterday’s announcement of a joint Queensland Government/Australian Government $190m upgrade to the M1 Motorway/Gateway Merge, calling it a victory for the Logan community.
Under the agreement, the Australian Government will fund up to $115m to upgrade the southbound M1/Gateway Merge between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South, with the Queensland Government contributing the remaining funds.
Mayor Smith said it was an excellent first step in addressing the long-standing congestion issues on the M1, noting that further commitments were needed to deliver a comprehensive solution.
“We know our commuters lose 80 hours a year stuck in peak hour traffic on the M1, and that persistent daily congestion impacts Logan businesses and the city’s economic potential,” he said.
During last year’s Federal Government election, Council led a community-driven campaign to secure an agreement from the State and Federal Governments to fund and immediately deliver the first stage of the M1/Gateway interchange.
“It’s taken another 12 months, but we’re pleased a funding agreement is now in place and we have a commitment that work will soon start,” Mayor Smith said.
“This is, however, only the first step in solving the congestion issues in our city. We still need to see a business case to upgrade the northbound lanes at the Gateway Motorway off-ramp, as well as an extension of South East Busway from Eight Miles Plains to Loganholme.
“While the newly announced upgrade will help in the afternoons, it won’t address our four-hour peak hour every morning. This also impacts commuters catching buses into the city because the South East Busway only begins at Eight Mile Plains, so buses are caught in the congestion as well.
“On behalf of the Logan community, I thank the Queensland Government and Australian Government for this important investment, and look forward to seeing commitments on the other upgrades critical to this nationally significant transport corridor.”