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Government forks out $1 billion to fix M1 gridlock, but there’s a catch

There’s nothing Australians hate more than sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

If you’ve ever driven on the M1 on the Gold Coast you’d know how nightmarish that stretch of road can be.

The Federal Government has now committed to forking out $1 billion to upgrade the state’s busiest road.

But there’s a catch.

They’ll only foot half the bill, with the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk needing to match their funds to the dollar.

CEO of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Paul Turner, tells Chris Smith any money for the M1 is good money.

“It’s the busiest road in Queensland. … 150,000 a day on the busiest parts.

“It’s over-capacity during rush hour. We’ve now got a morning rush hour that lasts for four hours. It starts around 5:30 am. It’s pretty bad.

“We all agree what needs to be done. We just need to push past the politics.”

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