M1 and South East Busway
The M1 Motorway (Pacific Motorway) is one of the busiest road corridors in Australia, used by up to 155,000 vehicles every day.
It is a national freight route, and the primary connector between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Council has long been campaigning for a solution to fix congestion through Logan. M1 motorists in Logan currently endure a four-hour peak period in the morning, starting at 5am.
During this congestion, the average vehicle speed from Loganholme to Eight Mile Plains is 30 km/h, well below the speed limit.
Without intervention, average traffic speeds are expected to decrease from 70 km/h to 56 km/h by 2041.
Infrastructure Australia says the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill section is projected to carry around 202,000 vehicles per day by 2041 (an increase of 1-2% per year), and currently, 12,000 freight vehicles travel on this section of the corridor each day. This is expected to grow by 3-4% per year over the same period.
- The timely delivery of funded works for Stage 1 (M1/M3 Gateway merge) and Stage 2 (Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill)
- Completion of the business case and funding for construction of a comprehensive solution for Stage 3 (Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway), including an extension of South East Busway to Loganholme
- 155,000 trips are made daily on the M1, including 12,000 freight vehicles (expected to grow by 3-4% a year).
- Projections show the M1 will carry around 202,000 vehicles each day by 2014 (an increase of 1-2% a year).
- Once the first and second stages of the M1 upgrade is completed, the congestion will worsen further south where the four-lane highway reduces to three at Loganholme.
- This issue will exacerbate as the region’s population grows.
- Drivers lose up to 80 hours every year stuck in peak hour traffic on the M1.
- M1 is part of a national freight route and congestion is having a real impact on the productivity of our local business.
- Less time spent in traffic – more time for things that matter to you.
- Better access to public transport for work, health and wellbeing.
- Small business owners will spend less time stuck in traffic and more time on the job.
- Increased productivity for our transport and logistics industries – a major employer in the city.
The Queensland Government and Australian Government have now agreed to jointly fund the following upgrades to the M1:
|Stage 1: M1/M3 Gateway Merge|
|The upgrade includes:|
• widening up to five southbound lanes between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South (Exit 19)
• relocating the existing bus entry from the Eight Mile Plains Bus Station onto the Pacific
• replacing the Underwood Rd bridge to a new four-lane overpass
• managed motorway technologies from Klumpp Rd to Rochedale Rd.
|Mid 2018: Construction commenced|
July 2019: New Underwood Rd bridge opens
Mid 2020: Project completion expected
|Stage 1 is fully funded: $190 million ($115 million from the Australian Government and $75 million from the Queensland Government)|
|Stage 2: Eight Mile Plans to Daisy Hill|
|Planning is currently under way. |
The upgrade includes:
• widening up to five northbound lanes between Gateway Mwy to Loganlea Rd
• widening to four southbound lanes between Rochedale Rd to Logan Rd
• extending the South East Busway Extension from Eight Mile Plains to Springwood, including a new bus station and park-n-ride at Rochedale
• completing the missing V1 cycleway link on the western side of the M1 from the Gateway Mwy to Paradise Rd.
|August 2018: Business case endorsed by Building Queensland|
Early 2019: Preliminary and detailed design began
June 2019: Infrastructure Australia made this a “priority project” on the Infrastructure Priority List
October 2019: the State Government releases concept footage of the design ahead of community consultation
Mid 2020: Construction to begin immediately after Stage 1 (M1/M3 Gateway merge)
|Stage 2 is fully funded: $749 million ($374.5 million each from the Australian Government and Queensland Government)|
|Stage 3: Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway|
|This project, to provide additional lanes, is in the planning phase. Council is advocating for comprehensive upgrades and for the busway to continue all the way through to Loganholme.||Late 2021: business case expected to be completed||The Australian Government has committed $500 million towards the project, however, the scope of works and funding arrangement with the Queensland Government is yet to be finalised
$16 million has been allocated towards planning (jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments)