Petition started to prevent removal of Southbound M1 Exit 93

5 Feb 2016 12:06 PMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP is sponsoring an e-petition on behalf of residents concerned about the proposed removal of Exit 93 to The Pines Shopping Centre.

“Back in 2008 the Labor Government undertook planning for the future upgrade of the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, a project that has been long awaited and much needed.

“The 2008 plan included the closure of Exit 93 with southbound M1 traffic accessing Guineas Creek Road and Sarawak Avenue via Exit 92 (Palm Beach Avenue) and a new service road on the western side of the M1.

“The reason given by the Department of Transport and Main Roads at the time was that to leave the Exit 93 off-ramp open once the M1 is upgraded to three lanes southbound would lead to unsafe traffic weaving movements due to the close proximity of the Exit 92 southbound on-ramp.

“Without doubt this closure would cause further problems and confusion.

“Many years have passed since this planning was undertaken and the M1 has not been expanded despite enormous, growing traffic pressures.

“Widening the M1 to ease traffic congestion remains a top priority according to my recent electorate-wide survey, so surely it is time for a re-think and a revisit of infrastructure planning for this sector of the M1.

Local resident Alan Hider who is behind this petition says “If Exit 93 were to be closed, access to The Pines Shopping Centre, football Club, Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Elanora Primary School, and to a lesser extent Currumbin Primary would all be blocked.

“Trucks going to the Pines would be forced onto Tahiti Avenue via Exit 92 or Exit 95

Traffic chaos and gridlock will result. Palm Beach Avenue (Exit 92) is already heavily congested with traffic backed up KP McGrath drive and back into Palm Beach at peak times.

To sign the petition go to –

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2538

The petition is open until 31st March 2016

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