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Coomera Connector

Overview:

A footprint has been declared for a future state-controlled north-south corridor on the northern Gold Coast east of the Pacific Motorway (M1).

The new corridor is wide enough for up to 6 traffic lanes and is expected to include facilities for public transport and paths for walking and cycling. It will provide more transport capacity for growing residential and business communities in the northern Gold Coast.

Location: 

The gazetted corridor extends for 36.5 kilometres between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Staplyton and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang. Investigations for an additional section, extending north of Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road to potentially connect with the Logan Motorway and Pacific Motorway interchange, with a local road connection to the intersection of Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road and Mount Cotton Road,  have now been completed.

Consultation with land owners in the proposed corridor between Loganholme and Stapylton about the intention to gazette this northern extension to the existing corridor as a future State-controlled road is currently occurring.

Consultation with land owners affected by a proposed realignment to part of the existing gazetted corridor at Stapylton is also currently occurring. 

Completion: 

Timelines for construction have not yet been identified and will depend on the future traffic growth in the surrounding area and availability of funding. Planning continues to progress for the alignment.

Benefits:

The Coomera Connector corridor is expected to:

  • relieve pressure on the M1 by providing more route choices for local traffic and additional crossings of the Logan, Coomera and Nerang Rivers
  • provide improved connections and accessibility to more transport options on the northern Gold Coast
  • reduce travel time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast by reducing the number of local trips on the M1
  • increase safety on the M1 by reducing congestion and potential queuing on the M1
  • provide more reliable travel times between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Funding: 

The Queensland Government has committed $5 million to undertake transport planning studies for the Loganholme to Nerang corridor in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2018-19 to 2021-22.

Strategic cost estimate:

The strategic cost estimate is currently $2.4 billion for the gazetted section of the Coomera Connector. Actual costs may vary from this strategic estimate due to a range of factors including the outcomes of further investigations, design refinements and timing of construction. A more detailed estimate is being prepared to include the proposed northern extension to the existing gazetted corridor.

Regions:

South Coast Region 

Project info

The Coomera Connector (formerly known as the Intra Regional Transport Corridor) will be a key link in an expanded road transport network for the northern Gold Coast where residential and business communities are growing. 

Since the 1990s, the corridor has been identified in various public planning documents, such as published street directories, regional transport plans, planning studies and City of Gold Coast planning schemes. A joint 2015 study between the department and the City of Gold Coast confirmed the corridor is a future strategic transport link that will relieve traffic congestion on the M1 and surrounding local roads.

The Coomera Connector was gazetted in 2 sections:

  1. The Nerang to Coomera section was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 18 March 2016.
  2. The Coomera to Stapylton section was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 12 May 2017.

Formal confirmation of the corridor in the Queensland Government Gazette allows the corridor to be protected from new development and provides certainty for property owners, business and residential communities on the northern Gold Coast.

All property owners directly impacted by the gazettal of the corridor have been consulted and advised during the planning stage. The department continues to liaise with property owners when dealing with land sales and development applications. Early acquisition of properties by the department may occur in some hardship circumstances. 

Contact details

For more information about the Coomera Connector please contact the project team. 

Email CoomeraConnector@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone:  07 5563 6600

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Last updated
14 January 2019

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