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    Acting Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Second M1 estimated to cost $2.4 billion - five times more than LNP claims

    Acting Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Second M1 estimated to cost $2.4 billion - five times more than LNP claims

    The LNP's Clayton's policy - "the policy you have when you're not having a policy" - for a second M1 would cost taxpayers almost five times more than the $500 million Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls claimed yesterday.

    The Department of Transport and Main Roads has estimated the overall cost of the project between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Staplyton and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang to be at least $2.4 billion, including the cost of land.

    The $500 million Mr Nicholls cited yesterday would only pay for part of their "stage 1", being Coomera to Helensvale, which the Department has estimated to cost $510 million, including land.

    "With this costing blunder, it's no wonder that Tim Nicholls would not commit the LNP to the project that he is supposed to be championing," Acting Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Steven Miles said.

    “Tim Nicholls when he was Treasurer of this state not only failed to invest one single dollar in the M1 but they also failed to plan for the future by taking the unprecedented step to remove the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor (IRTC) from the SEQ Regional Plan in 2014.

    “Now he’s giving severe underestimates for a project that he wants Labor to build but won’t actually have the intestinal fortitude to back it and build it himself.

    “Unlike the LNP, the Palaszczuk Government is acting on the M1 and the IRTC corridor after years of neglect from the LNP.

    “Last year we formally gazetted the first stage of the IRTC between Nerang and Coomera and the northern section between Coomera and Stapylton was gazetted earlier this year

    “In March, the Palaszczuk Government announced with the Commonwealth that it would fund a $500 million package that would include two M1 upgrades – the Gateway Merge and also Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes, as well as funding for planning of the M1 – Varsity Lakes to Tugun.”

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