LNP wants second 'M1' highway for the Gold Coast
THE LNP has launched a petition to pressure the Palaszczuk Government to build a duplicate M1 on the Gold Coast.
But LNP Leader Tim Nicholls has so far refused to commit to build what he's dubbed the "Second M1", even as the impending election draws near.
Mr Nicholls was joined by his Gold Coast MPs and candidates to call for drivers sick of being stuck in traffic to sign his secondM1.com.au petition.
"With only a single dual land bridge over the Pimpama, Nerang and Coomera rivers accidents mean the M1 is a parking lot within minutes, demonstrating clearly that an alternative is needed," he said.
The road would use a 36km gazetted land corridor between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Stapylton and Nerang-Broadbeach Road at Nerang.
It would be four lanes, cost about $500 million and take local traffic off the M1, easing congestion for long-distance drivers to and from Brisbane, Mr Nicholls said.
He said it could include facilities for public transport and walking and cycling paths.
"Under an LNP Government, something like this is much more likely to happen," he said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the LNP needed to tell Queenslanders how they planned to fund the M1 duplication.
"They'll have to say what assets they plan to sell to do that," she said.
"I'll be looking forward to seeing details of their announcement."