Project background

Find out about the Coomera Connector by watching the introductory video below.

The Pacific Motorway (M1) is Queensland’s busiest road and ensuring its optimal performance is a priority for the Queensland Government.

The current situation

The M1 is a key part of Australia’s national land transport network. The corridor between the northern Gold Coast and neighbouring Logan is experiencing significant growth. Identified in Shaping SEQ(External link) as a key area where people want to live, work and play – an additional 600,000 people will live in the area by 2041. Without intervention, increasing demand for the M1 (particularly for local trips) may jeopardise its performance as part of the national land transport network.

An additional transport corridor

Planning ahead for future growth, the Coomera Connector will deliver an alternative transport corridor between Loganholme and Nerang to complement the function and role of the M1.

The Coomera Connector will provide motorists with additional crossings of the Logan, Albert, Coomera and Nerang rivers. At present, there are limited alternative crossings to the M1 and its service roads, without significant diversions in both distance and travel time.

Interstate traffic (including freight) is expected to remain on the M1, assisted by the introduction of Smart Motorways technology managing the flow of traffic entering the motorway, to limit merging and weaving.

Stage 1 : Coomera to Nerang

Traffic and population projections indicate the need for the southern section of the Coomera Connector, from Coomera to Nerang, to be constructed first.

Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector will:

  • ease congestion on the M1
  • support the growing communities and commercial hubs of Helensvale and Coomera
  • complement the existing multi-modal transport infrastructure of the M1, light rail and heavy rail.

Community consultation

Initial community consultation on the full length of the Coomera Connector between Loganholme and Nerang was held between 8 November and 8 December 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 3,200 visits to the website, more than 2,000 people visiting the community drop in sessions to talk to the project team, and 700 pieces of feedback received.

A telephone survey of 1,000 residents and businesses revealed 4 out of 5 people in the project corridor area support the introduction of the Coomera Connector.

View the Coomera Connector community consultation summary report (PDF, 1.6 MB).

The Coomera Connector corridor is protected for the future

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 of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) 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 progressively protected in 3 sections:

  • Nerang to Coomera was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 18 March 2016.
  • Coomera to Stapylton was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 12 May 2017.
  • Stapylton to Loganholme was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette 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 and Logan.

All property owners directly impacted by the gazettal of the corridor have been advised during the planning stage. Transport and Main Roads continues to liaise with property owners when dealing with land sales and development applications. Early acquisitionEarly acquisition(External link) of properties by TMR may occur in some circumstances.

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with $20 million committed to undertake transport planning studies for the Loganholme to Nerang corridor in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23(External link).

Coomera Connector map

Find out where the Coomera Connector corridor is

Explore the map below to find out exactly where the Coomera Connector is located.

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  • Stage 1: Coomera to Nerang
  • Future stages: Loganholme to Coomera

The northern future stages section includes provision for a local road connection from Eagleby to the intersection of Mount Cotton and Beenleigh-Redland Bay Roads at Cornubia.