M1 funding announcement is only the first step
The recent funding for the M1/Gateway Motorway interchange at Eight Mile Plains won't solve the northbound gridlock each morning, or help city-bound buses stay on schedule, says City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith.
Mayor Smith is calling on major parties and local candidates in the 25 November Queensland Election to fix the M1 congestion in both directions, and extend the South East Busway to Loganholme.
As part of the FairShare4Logan campaign, Council and the Logan community are asking for a $16m business case to deliver a comprehensive solution for the M1, including upgrading the northbound lanes between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South, and the remaining section from Rochedale to the Logan Motorway at Loganholme.
This week, the Australian Labor Party committed to invest $16m to develop a business case for future upgrades of the M1 corridor between Eight Mile Plains and the Logan Motorway.
"Peak hour now lasts four hours for northbound traffic, and it's only going to get worse as the region's population grows," Mayor Smith said.
"We certainly welcome the recent announcement by the Queensland and Australian Governments that the southbound M1/Gateway merge will be jointly funded, but it's only the first step.
"While the newly announced upgrade will help in the afternoons, it won't address our four-hour peak hour every morning.
"We welcome this week's commitment by the ALP, and we're calling on the other parties to step up too."
Mayor Smith said the congestion on the M1 was impacting on the productivity of local businesses - particularly tradespeople and those in the transport and logistics sector - and holding Logan back in becoming the region's next CBD.
City Infrastructure Committee Chair, Councillor Phil Pidgeon, said congestion on the M1 also impacted commuters catching buses in and out of the city in peak hour.
“Because the South East Busway only begins at Eight Mile Plains, buses are caught in the congestion too. It is high time the busway was extended to Loganholme to make public transport a viable option for Logan commuters."
Drivers lose up to 80 hours a year stuck in the M1 gridlock, which means people are spending time in traffic they could be spending with friends and family, doing the things they enjoy.
Locals can have their say by going to www.FairShare4Logan.com.au where they can sign the online petition and help spread the message on social media.
Council is mobilising the community to help ensure the City of Logan receives its fair share of funding for major roads and public transport, and timely services for growing communities.
The #FairShare4Logan campaign enables locals to have their say and reinforces the need for critical investment in Logan.
The campaign is based around five key priorities:
- Mount Lindesay Hwy
- M1 Motorway and extension of South East Busway
- Waterford Tamborine Rd
- Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Rail
- Infrastructure for growing communities.
Act now: www.FairShare4Logan.com.au