State Gov Could Permanently Reduce Speed Limit On M1

Review into effectiveness during Games

State Gov Could Permanently Reduce Speed Limit On M1 Google

Queensland's Transport and Main Roads department is reviewing how effective reduced speed limits were along the M1 during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and whether a permanent reduction could improve traffic flow and safety on the busy stretch.

For almost two months, speed zones between Brisbane and the Gold coast were reduced by 10km/h to accommodate a predicted influx of extra traffic, with more than six million extra trips expected up and down the highway during the games.

Surprisingly, the M1 looked more like a ghost town for the majority of the event, with games bosses accused of "scaring off" local motorists with warnings about how congested the highway would become.

A comprehensive review into M1 traffic management is expected to be completed by the end of May, with a decision on a permanent speed reduction expected not long after.

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