M1 and South East Busway

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, well below the speed limit.

The Queensland Government and Australian Government have now agreed to jointly fund the following upgrades to the M1:

Stage 1 – M1/M3 Gateway merge upgrade including:

  • 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 Motorway
  • replacing the Underwood Road bridge to a new four-lane overpass
  • managed motorway technologies from Klumpp Rd to Rochedale Rd.
  • 155, 000 trips are made daily on the M1.
  • There will be another 46,400 week day trips on the M1 in coming years.
  • Once the newly-funded 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.


  • Mid 2018 – Construction commences
  • Early 2020 – Construction complete

More information: tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/P/Pacific-Motorway-Upgrade-M1-M3-Gateway-merge

Stage 2 – Upgrade the eight kilometres between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill

  • $1 billion from Australian Government (announced 10 April 2018)
  • $987 million from Queensland Government (announced 19 May 2018)

Work includes:

  • widening up to five northbound lanes between Gateway Motorway to Loganlea Road
  • widening to four southbound lanes between Rochedale Road to Logan Road
  • 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 Motorway to Paradise Road.


  • As of July 2018, the Queensland Government advised Council that a detailed business case was being developed for the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade and would be completed in late 2018.

More information:

Stage 2 is fully funded. Works for Stage 2 will commence immediately after Stage 1 (M1/M3/Gateway merge), due for completion in early 2020.

Stage 3 – Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway

The Queensland Government has committed $16m to progress the business case for State 3 of the M1 master plan, from Daisy Hill to the Logan Motorway interchange. This business case will commence in the second half of 2018.

No funds have been allocated by the Queensland Government or Australian Government for the construction of Stage 3.