Labor must match funds for M1

Labor must match funds for M1

Friday, 27 April 2018

Liberal National Party Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin today said Annastacia Palaszczuk needed to stop the political point-scoring and get on and fix the M1.

“Gold Coast residents are desperate to see investment in the M1 after years of neglect have turned it into a car park,” Mr Minnikin said.

“The Federal Government has put $1 billion on the table and Annastacia Palaszczuk should do the same in June’s state Budget.

“The running battle Annastacia Palaszczuk is having with her Federal Government counterparts is doing nothing to help Gold Coast drivers crawling along the M1.

“Drivers are sick of political point-scoring and just want action to fix the M1.

“The Federal Government is being proactive on solutions for the M1 and I urge Annastacia Palaszczuk to do the same. We need new roads, not tired old arguments.”

Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates said the LNP remained committed to developing a second M1 while also investing in the existing highway.

“This is a major growth corridor and with the M1 already at capacity, we can’t wait another three years to see any action on upgrades,” Ms Bates said.

“The M1 is the economic spine between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and congestion costs businesses billions of dollars a year.

“It’s time Labor stopped squabbling and started working to fix the M1.”

Burleigh MP Michael Hart said Annastacia Palaszczuk needed to match the Federal Government’s $1 billion.

“The Labor Government can’t keep using Cross River Rail as an excuse not to invest in infrastructure along the M1,” Mr Hart said.

The Federal Government’s funding offer would tackle congestion on the M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, as well the Eight Miles Plains to Daisy Hill stretch.

The Varsity Lakes to Tugun project could upgrade the corridor to six lanes in both directions and include new and upgraded ramps, auxiliary lanes, and better active transport connectivity.

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