Coomera Connector

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

The new road will be an alternative to the M1, providing more transport capacity to support the rapidly growing residential and business communities in the northern Gold Coast and neighbouring Logan areas.

The complete gazetted corridor extends for 45km between the Logan Motorway and Pacific Motorway interchange in Loganholme and Nerang–Broadbeach Road in Nerang. 

The Coomera Connector will be delivered in sections: 

  • Southern section - Stage 1 between Coomera and Nerang will be delivered in 3 packages:
    • Stage 1 North: Shipper Drive, Coomera to Helensvale Road, Helensvale
    • Stage 1 Central: Helensvale Road, Helensvale to Smith Street Motorway, Molendinar
    • Stage 1 South: Smith Street Motorway, Molendinar to Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Nerang.

Coomera Connector alignment map

Coomera Connector

Video Transcript

The M1 is a key part of Australia’s national land transport network.

Rapidly expanding residential and industrial communities and high levels of projected population growth between Brisbane and the Gold Coast are contributing to the increasing congestion on the M1.

The Queensland Government is planning a new transport corridor that will take pressure off the M1, increasing safety for all road users.

Starting in the south at Nerang Broadbeach Road at Nerang, the new Coomera Connector corridor will be located to the east of the M1 and will travel through the busy growth centre of Coomera and connect with the Logan and Pacific Motorway interchanges.

The corridor will be wide enough for up to 6 lanes of traffic and will include provision for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.

While still in the early planning phase at present, the Coomera Connector is one of a number of options being considered to address congestion issues on the M1.

The Coomera Connector is expected to play a complementary role to the M1, cutting travel time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast by reducing the number of trips taken on the M1, while also improving connections and providing more transport options for communities in the growing northern Gold Coast corridor.

To find out more about the Coomera Connector, visit tmr.qld.gov.au/coomeraconnector

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, Albert, Coomera and Nerang rivers. 
  • Provide improved connections and accessibility to more transport options on the northern Gold Coast.
  • 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.

Background

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

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 TMR and City of Gold Coast confirmed the corridor as a future strategic transport link that will relieve traffic congestion on the M1 and surrounding local roads.

The Coomera Connector was formally declared a future state-controlled road, confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette in 3 sections, the:

  • Nerang to Coomera section on 18 March 2016
  • Coomera to Stapylton section on 12 May 2017
  • Stapylton to Loganholme section on 15 March 2019.

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.

Our team continues to liaise with property owners when dealing with land sales and development applications. Early acquisition of properties by TMR may occur in some circumstances. 

Community consultation

Initial community consultation on the Coomera Connector was undertaken in late 2019.

The consultation program included a series of 10 community drop-in sessions along the 45km project corridor, plus online engagement activities.

There was significant interest from the community with 3200 visits to the website, more than 2000 people visiting the community drop-in sessions to talk with the project team, and 700 pieces of feedback received.

A telephone survey of 1000 residents and businesses revealed 4 out of 5 people in the project corridor area support the introduction of the Coomera Connector.

Further consultation was carried out in late 2020 and early 2021.

Read more about community consultation for Coomera Connector (Stage 1) and Coomera Connector (Future stages) projects.

Sustainability

The Australian and Queensland governments are committed to managing the design and construction phases of the Coomera Connector in a way that supports environmental, social and ecological outcomes through sustainable infrastructure development.

By embedding sustainability into the planning, construction and operation of the Coomera Connector, the project will aim to:

  • maximise:
    • whole-of-life value
    • re-use and recycling of waste
  • minimise:
    • water use and consider non-potable water sources
    • greenhouse gas footprint of materials
    • whole-of-life emissions
    • whole-of-life costs

In addition to these sustainable initiatives, the project will also:

  • protect and enhance natural environment values
  • develop active transport and accessibility improvements for the community
  • support local industry participation
  • incorporate workforce development opportunities
  • promote workforce health and safety.

As part of our commitment to sustainable infrastructure development, the Coomera Connector team will work with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) to monitor the level of sustainable practice embedded within the project works and will strive for an overall rating of ‘Excellent’.

2 Projects in Coomera Connector

Artist impression of Coomera Connector

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.

Artist impression of Coomera Connector Stage 1

Coomera Connector (Stage 1)

The Stage 1 section of the Coomera Connector, between Coomera and Nerang, has been identified as the priority section to be built first.