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M1 Pacific Motorway - Varsity Lakes to Tugun

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Road
Estimated Project Cost:$1,000,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$500,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Gold Coast City Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

This project will upgrade the section of the Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes to Tugun which may include six laneing of both the north and southbound lanes, a direct northbound off-ramp from the M1 to Southport – Burleigh Road, ramp upgrades with ramp controls, auxiliary lanes, pavement reconstruction works, and better active transport connectivity between centres.


It is expected this commitment will deliver the following benefits:

  • additional lanes and other capacity improvements to reduce congestion
  • shorter travel times for high volumes of freight, commuter, commercial, and tourist traffic
  • potential busway extensions to improve public transport connectivity


The Australian Government has committed $1 billion towards two projects along the Pacific Motorway - between Varsity Lakes and Tugun and between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill.

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Project details last updated: 13/02/2019