HEADS UP - Slower Speeds On The M1 Begin At Midnight Tonight

Move will assist Comm Games traffic

HEADS UP - Slower Speeds On The M1 Begin At Midnight Tonight RACQ

A reminder for drivers travelling along the M1 that from March 1 (tonight), speed limits are being dropped to improve safety and reduce congestion in the lead up to April's Commonwealth Games.

The speed will be reduced from 100km/h to 90km/h between the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to the Logan Motorway Interchange, while the stretch south of the Interchange to the Smith Street exit at Southport is being lowered from 110km/h to 100km/h.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said slowing down on the busy highway may sounds daunting, but research shows lowering speeds can increase motorway capacity.

"It will ease congestion and get people moving, which is the biggest issue. We will have six million extra journeys during that Comm Games period, that's a lot of extra cars so slowing the speed down will actually allow for more capacity, if we're going a little slower we can fit more cars in without having to come to a halt, " she said.

"If you don't need to be using the M1, just try and steer clear altogether."

There'll be stacks of signage to warn motorists about the changes so there's no excuse if you get caught speeding.

Police will be out in force to clamp down on drivers doing the wrong thing, while RACQ's Transport Response Units will be patrolling the highway to quickly clear up any incidents and get traffic moving again.

All motorists are being encouraged to plan their journeys during the games ahead of time. If you need some help, visit the Get Set For The Games website.