Coomera Connector (Future stages)

With the design progressing for the 16km Stage 1 section between Coomera and Nerang, planning is also underway for the Northern section of the Coomera Connector – the remaining 29km between Loganholme and Coomera.

Delivery of the 45km Coomera Connector between Loganholme and Nerang will realise significant transport network benefits for the M1 and surrounding road network in the northern Gold Coast and Logan regions.

Reducing congestion on the M1 is a key objective of the Coomera Connector. Transport modelling has identified that to meet this objective, the northern end of the new road needs to connect with the Logan and Pacific motorways.

The gazetted Coomera Connector corridor also includes provision for a local road connection from the Coomera Connector at Eagleby to the intersection of Beenleigh–Redland Bay Road and Mount Cotton Road, at Carbrook.

While considerable work has been completed to identify and preserve the gazetted alignment of the Coomera Connector between Loganholme and Coomera, this stage of the project is currently only funded for development of the business case and progressing environmental approvals. Funding for delivery will be considered following the completion of the business case.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces interchange queuing
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Better active transport

Key features

  • Relieve pressure on the M1 by providing an alternative route for local traffic and additional crossings of the Logan and Albert rivers.
  • Provide improved connections and accessibility to more transport options for the northern Gold Coast and Logan.
  • Improve travel time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast by reducing the number of local trips on the M1.
  • Improve safety on the M1 by reducing congestion and potential queuing at interchanges.
  • Provide more reliable travel times between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
     

Funding

The Queensland Government has committed $11 million to continue planning for future stages of the Coomera Connector from Loganholme to Coomera. Investment ID: 2012259

Total investment
$11 million
Queensland Government
$11 million

Key milestones

  • Mid-2021 to late 2023: Complete business case and progress environmental approvals.

Coomera Connector (Future stages) project map

proposed route for future stages on the Coomera Connector

Current status

Development of the business case and preparation of environmental approvals with the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is now underway.

The decision to proceed with the next stage of the Coomera Connector, and the timing, will be at the discretion of the Queensland and Australian governments following completion of the business case. 

TMR places a high value on input from the community and will continue to offer opportunities for consultation with stakeholders throughout the development of the business case and environmental approvals process. 

Community consultation

Initial community consultation on the Coomera Connector was undertaken in late 2019. While 4 out of 5 people surveyed at that time supported the Coomera Connector being built as soon as possible, some community members had questions about the alignment of the Coomera Connector near Eagleby and potential impacts on the Eagleby Wetlands.

Assessment of alternative alignments near Eagleby

We assessed 6 alternative alignments put forward by the community for the Coomera Connector around Eagleby. In April 2021, we shared the results of the assessments with the community. Feedback was open for comment until 30 June 2021, and a summary will be available soon.

We engaged a transport infrastructure planning and delivery specialist with more than 40 years’ experience to assess the alternative alignments, supported by experts in the areas of traffic modelling, environmental and cost estimating. The methodology and findings of the assessment were peer reviewed and supported by independent engineering, environmental and legal specialists.

Overall, the assessment determined the gazetted Coomera Connector alignment:

  • provides the best overall outcome compared to the alternative alignments
  • provides the greatest level of congestion relief at the Albert and Logan rivers
  • impacts the least number of properties and homes between Loganholme and Stapylton
  • impacts the environment to a level that can be mitigated through design and construction, but avoids matters of national and international environmental significance north of the Logan River
  • provides the best value for money.