Coomera Connector Stage 1 Central

Coomera Connector (Stage 1) is around 16km long and will be delivered in 3 construction packages. Stage 1 Central, which is currently in the design phase, is the 8km section from Helensvale Road to Smith Street Motorway.

The Coomera Connector (sometimes referred to as the Second M1), is a future state-controlled north-south transport corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, east of the Pacific Motorway (M1) and the heavy train line.


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

Key features

This 8km section of the project will have:

  • 6 lanes
  • grade-separated interchanges at Helensvale Road, Gold Coast Highway and Smith Street Motorway
  • more than 8km of shared bike and pedestrian path connecting with local communities and the Helensvale and Parkwood light rail stations
  • wildlife corridors for Careel Reserve and Coombabah Creek
  • open graded asphalt road surface for increased safety and reduced noise.


The Australian and Queensland governments have committed a total of $3.026 billion (on a 50:50 basis) to plan and construct Coomera Connector (Stage 1) (Second M1) between Coomera and Nerang. Investment ID 1776678

Total investment
$3.026 billion
Australian Government
$1.513 billion
Queensland Government
$1.513 billion

Current status

Site investigations and detailed design are underway for Stage 1 Central.

Key milestones

  • January 2023: Early works contract awarded
  • April 2023: Start of design and site investigations
  • Late 2023: Site preparation works commence
  • Early 2024: Design released to the community
  • Early 2024: Main road construction to commence

4 March 2024: Design released for Coomera Connector Stage 1 Central

The design showing layouts for the Stage 1 Central package from Helensvale to Molendinar has been released and there are some changes to the reference design released in 2019/2020.

Some onsite construction work such as vegetation clearing is underway while other design elements are being finalised.

Community members are encouraged to review the newsletter and contact the project team if they have any questions or feedback on the design.

You can also come and meet the project team at one of the community consultation sessions being held:

Date Time Location
Wednesday 6 March 4pm to 7pm The Surrounds Leisure Centre
6 Emerald Drive, Helensvale
Tuesday 12 March 10am to 2pm Arundel Plaza
Corner Napper Road and Daintree Drive,
Thursday 14 March 9am to 9pm Westfield Helensvale
1-29 Millaroo Drive, Helensvale
Saturday 16 March 9am to 5pm Westfield Helensvale
1-29 Millaroo Drive, Helensvale

Read the Stage 1 Central newsletter for more information.

Project map

 Coomera Connector Stage 1 Central project map