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« on: June 05, 2020, 01:59:25 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Gold Coast Coomera Connector: How Helensvale and Parkwood would be transformed


Artist impression of Coomera Connector at Coomera. Picture: TMR


Artist impression of Coomera Connector at Parkwood. Picture: TMR

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THE $2.4 billion Coomera Connector is one step closer as the Federal Government starts a critical environmental study for the arterial road’s first stage.

The study, which is a key plank of the business case for the alternative motorway to the M1, will look at the stretch of road between Coomera and Nerang and will involve a further round of community consultation.

Once the study is completed, the project’s status will be escalated to allow for federal and state funding to begin construction.

“The resounding message from many people was ‘get on with it’ and that’s what we are doing,” Fadden MP Stuart Robert said.

“Developing the business case is the next step required to put forward the case for the Coomera Connector to be a national infrastructure priority.”

Early stage works on the project have begun, with State Government workers starting on what has been described as “one of the largest traffic mapping projects in the city’s history”.

Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon said the works would determine how the Coomera Connector would integrate with existing infrastructure, including the M1 and local roads.

“It involved about 700 cameras and five drones covering 42 kilometres of motorway between Loganholme and Nerang, as well as the supporting road network,” she said.

The Coomera Connector will be a six-lane, 45km arterial road to run from Nerang to Logan.

It is expected to take up to 60,000 vehicles off the M1 and was fully gazetted by the State Government last year.

More than $20 million is being spent on early works and surveying in preparations for the business case.

It comes as the first results from community consultation conducted in November and December last year reveal strong support for the project.

The independent survey, conducted for the State Government, found locals the Coomera Connector built to relieve pressure on the M1.

State Transport Minister Mark Bailey said four out of every five people who answered the independent survey supported the road.

“This was an independent survey of 1000 residents and businesses spread out between Loganholme and Coolangatta,” he said.

The release of the survey results came after northern Gold Coast residents yesterday went public with their concerns about the road and its impact on The Surrounds estate community.

“It has nearly been six months since the Q&A sessions. Plans are well overdue,”a spokesman from The Surrounds Residents Association told the Bulletin.

“Many residents attended at several locations but only verbal discussions were held, the Department of Transport did not document any concerns raised.

“We need a business case to see what viable alternatives to the corridor were explored, other pathways for the corridor, cost, and reasoning for the recommended pathway for the corridor.”

More than 210,000 vehicles use the M1 around the Coomera River on its busiest days, and a significant portion is local traffic accessing the Gold Coast’s northern suburbs.

Forde MP Bert van Manen said residents also provided feedback on potential issues including noise, environmental impacts and property resumptions “Further community consultation on environmental aspects of stage one of the Coomera

Connector between Coomera and Nerang are underway and will give residents an opportunity to share their views,” he said.

The road, formerly known as the intra-regional transport corridor (IRTC), has long been part of the State Government’s future plans to reduce congestion but was dumped by the former Newman government in 2013, against the wishes of the Gold Coast City Council.

The project was restored in 2015 and the Palaszczuk Government gazetted the Nerang to Coomera section in March 2016 and the Coomera Stapylton section in May 2017.

It later became a political football at the 2017 state election when the LNP Opposition pledged to build the project.

Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the Coomera Connector would be a critical project for boosting the economy and reducing traffic issues in coming years.

“This project will be critical to supporting growth on the Gold Coast in the years to come and it’s great to see this level of community support for it,” he said.

“It’s crucial we make headway on infrastructure across southeast Queensland as we come out of the COVID pandemic.”
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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2020, 02:00:52 AM »
TMR:  Coomera Connector

https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/C/Coomera-Connector

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TMR:  About the Coomera Connector

https://coomeraconnector.tmr.qld.gov.au/about-the-coomera-connector
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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2020, 05:47:01 PM »
https://twitter.com/9NewsGoldCoast/status/1268809377450020864
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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2020, 08:39:58 AM »
A much needed project. Let’s hope they construct 3 lanes in each direction from day one and think long term for once.

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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2020, 10:59:08 AM »
Sigh.

No bus network improvements though - can't "afford" them.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2020, 11:03:13 AM »
How to create more congestion  :steam: :steam: http://t4america.org/maps-tools/congestion-con/ More tax payers money down the drain!!

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2020, 03:47:40 PM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Important detail in Coomera Connector plan revealed

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PLANS for the Coomera Connector exclusively revealed by the Gold Coast Bulletin yesterday appeared to have a major flaw.

Several readers pointed out that the proposed road seemed to cut off access to the busy Helensvale light rail car park.

The car park is currently accessed from Country Club Drive, which is often lined by cars when the car park is full at busy times.

Images showed that the light rail station car park will in future be bordered by the Coomera Connector when it is completed, with no access points visible from the new highway.

The Bulletin asked the Department of Transport and Main Roads what its future plans were for parking at the light rail station when the Coomera Connector is completed, given the apparent lack of access to the current car park.

They pointed out a hard-to-spot detail that most readers missed.

The plans allow for an underpass from Country Club Dr to maintain access to the existing car park.

“All car parks on the eastern side of the Helensvale light rail station will be maintained,” a spokesperson told the Bulletin.

“An underpass under the Coomera Connector will provide access to the car park via Country Club Drive, replacing the current access points.

“Internal movements within the car park and the kiss’n’ride facility may need to change to accommodate this updated access point.

“The redesigned car park will form part of the reference design that is being developed as part of the Stage 1 Coomera Connector business case.”
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2020, 07:58:06 AM »
https://twitter.com/7NewsGoldCoast/status/1280043640270622720
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2020, 07:46:33 AM »
https://twitter.com/GCBulletin/status/1282933648338022406
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2020, 12:51:09 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Coomera Connector: Council and State headed for crash on designs and costs

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THE State Government and council are on a collision course on which Gold Coast roads are the best to link up with the planned $2.4 billion Coomera Connector.

Councillors at a transport committee meeting revealed the tensions which until now have been behind closed doors and involve critical links between the second M1 and fast growing northern suburbs east of the Pacific Motorway.

Council transport officers and senior bureaucrats from Main Roads are expected thrash out options at a private meeting on Monday as the State prepares its business case for the six-lane highway east of the M1 from Nerang to Stapleton.

The key issues on the Coomera Connector regarding its planned route are:

● A government preference to link the new highway to Helensvale Road, which heads west past the suburb’s existing tip site and to the State secondary school.

● The failure of the planned route to consider the alternative of the four-lane Hope Island Road.

● The need to cost value the Hope Island Road alternative which may require a bridge or overpass but ultimately present a better practical outcome despite the added funding.

● The possibility Foxwell Road at Coomera will not be considered as a link road.

● The likelihood that a new overpass on the M1 at Coomera will not be part of the package, linking with Beattie Road and taking school traffic west easing the congestion on the notorious Oxenford Exit 57.

Helensvale-based councillor William Owen-Jones at the committee meeting voiced his concerns that the Government could “engine down to the lowest cost” the route and its links without presenting all the options to residents”.

He said the council, which was responsible for much of the local road network next to the Coomera Connector, needed to have a conversation with the Government before the business case was nailed down.

“That may be useful in the next 105 days as the Government and the Opposition are deciding what they are going to do for commitments leading into a State election,” Cr Owen-Jones said.

“Everybody thinks that we are working incredibly closely with the State and it’s half our idea how these things connect. We are really passengers.”

Planning committee chair Cameron Caldwell supported Cr Owen-Jones and asked for more detail on design work.
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2020, 01:39:24 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Major fears raised over Coomera Connector

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HELENSVALE residents living near the path of the proposed Coomera Connector have raised concerns about noise from the new road, saying it could “devalue” their properties.

Locals have also expressed fears about the impact on local koala populations and the potential for congestion where the new road meets the Gold Coast highway near Discovery Drive, with objections that it will merely move traffic “down the road”.

Division 2 councillor William Owen-Jones said there was significant concern that sound measures would be “done right” when the new road is built.

“It’s really important that the state government gets the sound attenuation right, and how it impacts on Helensvale, Monterey Keys, River Links and River Downs,” he said.

“It’s the sound barriers, it’s the type of road surface. Residents expect a commitment from both sides (of politics) to get it right.”

Theodore MP Mark Boothman said he would work to ensure proper measures were put in place to minimise sound.

“I want to make sure that there’s adequate sound barriers, that the road surface is bitumen, to lessen the noise and lessen the impact on residential properties,” Mr Boothman said.

“It must be done in a way that lessens the impact so we don’t cause any lifestyle issues for those people.”

The Department of Transport and Main Roads have said that “key concerns” of people living close to the Coomera Connector corridor to emerged during consultation in late 2019 were “noise, urban design and impacts on wildlife and the environment.”

It is currently undergoing further consultation on the design of the road, which ends on October 11.

The full cost of the project is expected to be more than $2 billion
Stage one will run from Nerang, near Metricon Stadium to the Coomera Marine Precinct.
The future stages will run from Coomera to Stapylton and Loganholme.
The speed limit on the six-lane arterial road will be 100km an hour
Bus priority measures and new bus routes will be included
Noise barriers will be place along the side of the road.
A new traffic interchange at Coomera’s Shipper Drive is under investigation as the possible end point for stage one of the project.
The Department also said it has engaged Professor Darryl Jones from Griffith University to undertake monitoring of koala movement pathways near Coombabah Creek at Helensvale.

“Recommendations from the study will feed into the reference design for Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector including the provision of structures to provide dry and safe walkways for koalas to cross under transport infrastructure in times of heavy rain when water can inundate the area.”

LABOR ANNOUNCE $755 MILLION FUNDING COMMITMENT

A Gold Coast Federal Minister says Canberra will continue to work in good faith with the State Government despite being blindsided by Labor announcing a joint $755 million M2 funding ‘deal’.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made an election pledge for an $830 million roads and infrastructure package for the Gold Coast. It includes $755 million to fund the 16.6km first stage of the arterial road between Carrara and the Coomera Marine Precinct, dubbed the Coomera Connector, and part of the so-called $2 billion second M1.

Flanked by Ministers Cameron Dick and Mark Bailey, Ms Palaszczuk said it would be jointly funded with the Federal Government, with the cash to be announced in next month’s Federal budget.

Ms Palaszczuk said the fast-tracked project would give the Gold Coast a significant economic boost as it tries to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are talking about the projects we need to fast-track the economy on the Gold Coast but more importantly help motorists get home safely,” she said.

“This funding has been approved, it is part of our economic recovery strategy and will mean stage one of the M2 will be able to commence.

“It will mean more than 700 Gold Coast jobs and it is what the community has been telling me this is what they want.

“We are working very confidently with the Federal Government and we are expecting them to match this. Hopefully they will be able to do this in their budget coming down shortly.”

But the Bulletin can reveal her funding announcement took the Morrison Government by surprise, despite months of talks.

The State Government sent a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack an hour before the press conference, at his request, formalising the state’s request for funding.

Gold Coast-based Federal Cabinet Minister Stuart Robert said no deal had yet been done but confirmed talks were well underway between Canberra and Brisbane.

“At present we have been working in good faith (with the Palaszczuk Government) about funding the project but the State Government has exercised poor faith by sending a letter to the Federal Government half an hour before their announcement,” he said.

“An agreement has not yet been signed but we will continue to work in good faith because we believe in the Gold Coast.”

The State Government says construction would begin in mid-2021 and run for more than three years.

The funding means the project, expected to create more than 700 jobs, can begin several years earlier than previously expected.

Also announced in the package was more than $78 million for other infrastructure projects including an upgrade of Ormeau’s troublesome Exit 45, the intersection of Currumbin Creek Road and Bienvenue Street and a facelift for the Coomera railway station park’n’ride.

The six-lane Coomera Connector will eventually stretch 45km from Nerang to Logan.

It is expected to take up to 60,000 vehicles off the M1 and was fully gazetted by the State Government last year.

More than $20 million is being spent on early works and surveying in preparation for the business case.

LNP Coomera MP Michael Crandon insisted the project had not yet received Federal funding. “I’m told Federal Government is still going through the business case,” he said.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates welcomed the announcement.

“This is wonderful news for the Gold Coast, in particular our growing suburbs in the north.

“We have been advocating for this project for quite some time and the infrastructure will be vital to easing congestion as the city continues to grow,” she said.

“Now we need to ensure the best amenity and connectivity outcomes for affected residents.”

But Opposition leader Deb Frecklington dismissed it, claiming the project would not be built for another four years.

“Labor’s Coomera Connector promise is a con with not a single dollar committed for a road until after 2024,” she said.

“All Labor has announced is a bridge without a road. The LNP has committed $550 million to start building the actual road in 2021.

“The Gold Coast has waited too long for the Second M1 under Labor. Labor’s delays have seen the costs of the project double and everyone knows the longer you wait the more it will cost.”

The road, formerly known as the intra-regional transport corridor (IRTC), has long been part of the State Government’s future plans to reduce congestion but was dumped by the former Newman government in 2013, against the wishes of the Gold Coast City Council.

The project was restored in 2015, with early scoping works and a $20 million business case having already been completed.
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2020, 01:10:52 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Coomera Connector: Construction to begin in 2021 after federal and state governments match funding

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TRANSPORT Minister Mark Bailey has vowed construction of the $2.4 billion Coomera Connector will begin next year hell or high water after coming under fire from the Opposition.

The Federal Government will set aside $750 million for the first stage of the arterial road between Nerang and Coomera, matching funds put forward by the State Government in September.

But the Opposition insists the State Government won’t be able to deliver the entire project during the 2020-2024 parliamentary term, despite Mr Bailey saying construction would take more than three years.

Coomera MP Michael Crandon said the LNP’s alternative proposal would be shorter, narrower and cheaper than that put forward by the government.

“With Mark Bailey it is always smoke and mirrors and nowhere has he said he would built anything in the next four years,” he said.

“How much of stage one will he be able to build in the next term of government for this funding?

“The LNP would build two-lanes each way to build our stage one which would cost only $550 million.”

The LNP’s plans are at odds with those of the state and federal governments which have both tipped in $750 million for the six-lane, 16.6km first stage of the arterial road between Carrara and the Coomera Marine Precinct.

Mr Bailey laughed off Mr Crandon’s comments and categorically rule out any delay in the project.

“Construction will begin by the middle of next year, which is just nine months away,” he said.

“The Coomera River bridge will be just the first piece of the project and I look forward to the sod turning.

“We were very happy to see the federal funding and we have been working hard to get to this point for five years.”

It was revealed on Monday that more than $762 million will be poured into Gold Coast road upgrades in Tuesday’s federal budget in a major boost for the city’s economy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will announce $750 million for the first stage of the $2 billion Coomera Connector, allowing construction to begin in mid-2021.

It matches the $755 million put forward last month by the State Government to fund the 16.6km first stage of the arterial road between Carrara and the Coomera Marine Precinct.

Mr Morrison said this week’s budget would be focused on job creation to drive the recovery from the COVID-19 downturn.

“The substantial injection of funding delivered in this year’s Budget shows the Government is serious about laying the foundations for an infrastructure-led recovery from the economic shock of the global pandemic,” he said.

“We have been working closely with state and territory governments to invest in the infrastructure that is ready to go and can help rebuild our economy and create more jobs.”

Tuesday’s budget will also contain $10 million for the upgrade of the southbound section of Exit 45 on the M1 and $2 million to upgrade the intersection of the Currumbin Creek Road and Bienvenue Drive.

Both projects also received matching funding from the State Government last month.

The three projects will create a combined 776 jobs.

“Infrastructure means jobs, it means livelihoods, it means stronger local communities and it means building a better and more secure future for our nation,” Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said.

“We will draw on local businesses to stimulate local economies through these projects.”

Tuesday’s budget is expected to be focused almost entirely on economic recovery measures to boost the economy following the first recession in 29 years.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is expected to announce the largest budget deficit since World War II.

The Gold Coast road funding announcements comes weeks after the State Government formally filed its funding request with Canberra.

Construction of the Coomera Connector will begin in mid-2021 and run for more than three years.

The six-lane Coomera Connector will eventually stretch 45km from Nerang to Logan.

It is expected to take up to 60,000 vehicles off the M1 and was fully gazetted by the State Government last year.

The road, formerly known as the intra-regional transport corridor (IRTC), has long been part of the State Government’s future plans to reduce congestion but was dumped by the former Newman government in 2013, against the wishes of the Gold Coast City Council.

The project was restored in 2015, with early scoping works and a $20 million business case having already been completed.
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2020, 11:43:06 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Secret maps reveal plans for Coomera Connector through Daisy Hill koala forest

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A secret map of nine different routes for a second M1 highway has uncovered a possible plan for the road to cut through the Daisy Hill Conservation Park a major koala habitat.

The map shows nine different routes for the northern section of the Coomera Connector with one possibility slicing through the park, a known koala habitat.

It was made public by Eagleby residents who have been lobbying the state government to promise not to plough the road through their community or the significant Eagleby Wetlands.

They have been asking the state Transport Department for details of the final route since October last year, when a review was announced.

The secret map was revealed the day after the federal government finally committed $762million for the first stage between Carrara and the Coomera Marine Precinct.

Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said there was no possibility “ever” that the highway would go through the state conservation area.

He said he had not discussed the possible Daisy Hill route with Transport Minister Mark Bailey because “it is not on the table”.

“This map is just not true. It will not happen. The second M1 goes from the Gold Coast to the Logan River. It does not go through Daisy Hill.

“Under no circumstances will it go through that area.”

Mr de Brenni, along with LNP, One Nation and Animal Justice Party candidates slammed the mapped route cutting through the koala conservation forest at a forum for the seat of Springwood on Wednesday.

Eagleby residents revealed the map, which they paid $57 to obtain from secret state government files.

Eagleby Community and Wetlands Group Marilyn Goodwin said Mr de Brenni’s promise was not good enough.

“We want to know where the route is before we vote and we have been asking for this for nearly a year – what's the hold up?” she said.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that we are going to the polls over this issue and we still don’t know where the final route is.

“The review was announced a year ago and still nothing – how long does it take?

“We have candidates who have all said that the route should not go through Eagleby.”

The map, which has “Not Government Policy” stamped at the top right-hand corner, shows the route the state approved in March last year before backflipping and pledging a review of the northern section through Eagleby.

The review followed a residents’ lobby group pushing for the six-lane highway to stay away from the Eagleby wetlands and their small township.

They drafted an alternative route, which they said would “save taxpayers millions” by cutting out two bridges.

The approved gazetted route circles Eagleby, clipping the Eagleby Wetlands before heading west back to the M1 behind the old Antiques site at Loganholme, where it then joins the Logan Motorway.

But for the first time, one of the maps shows a red dotted line tracking straight through the middle of the forest.

Mrs Goodwin said she knew the map was not government policy but until the route was finalised she was not stop lobbying.


The red line shows where the gazetted road will cross through Eagleby Wetlands.


the red line shows the route for the gazetted Coomera Connector heading north to Mt Cotton Rd through Skinners Rd.

The full map is not published.  It should be available on the RTI log for DMTR when added.
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2020, 01:09:24 PM »
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https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/About-us/Right-to-Information/Disclosure-log.aspx

21 September 2020   RTI-1345   Environmental Impact Study and name of expert who compiled the study for Stage 2, Northern section of the Coomera Connector, which will go through Eagleby. Date range for request: May 2020 to 21 September 2020.   Currently being processed

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Not sure if this is the RTI that got the map.  Can't see any others.

Edit:

Found the map.



on Eagleby Community & Wetlands Group Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/EaglebyCommunityAndWetlandsGroup/photos/a.322097611800221/607408929935753/
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Couriermail --> Coomera Connector Gold Coast: Business and political leaders call on LNP to abandon ‘inferior’ Second M1 plan

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GOLD Coast business leaders have urged the LNP to abandon its “second M1” and back Labor’s Coomera Connector, saying LNP’s shorter and cheaper model makes “no sense”.

In a shock intervention into the election campaign, the business community and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate have joined forces to call for both parties to take a unity platform on the major arterial road to the October 31 election.

Labor’s six-lane, $1.5 billion stage one of the Coomera Connector will run 16.6km between Carrara and the Coomera marine precinct.

The first stage of the LNP’s “second M1” would cost $550 million but would be just four lanes and only run between the Gold Coast Highway at Helensvale and Coomera.

Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce president Martin Hall said proposing a shorter and narrower arterial made “no sense” and urged both parties to support the full six-lane proposal.

“There is no logic in building a shorter one at a time when the Federal Government are clear we need to use or lose that federal funding.

“Building a full six-lane road as proposed makes sense rather than four lanes because if we are serious about getting people around the Gold Coast, we need to future-proof now.

“It makes absolutely no sense from a private commerce perspective to go shorter and narrower when the money is cheap and the interest is apparent.”

There are fears a commitment to a shorter, narrower model would leave the Gold Coast in a similar position to the 1990s when the proposed eight-lane M1 was abandoned in favour of a four to six-lane version which has required billions of dollars in upgrades in the past 20 years to keep up with population growth.

Gold Coast North Chamber of Commerce president Martin Brady said a “one and done” six-lane road made sense.

“We need to get it done and get it done properly rather than go piecemeal and keep having to come back to it,” he said.

“After COVID it is logical that the Gold Coast will grow faster and with the population going berserk, we need to build it in full.”

The Morrison Government set aside $750 million for the project in the Federal Budget, matching funds put forward by the State Government in September.

Both Labor and the LNP have committed to beginning construction next year.

The project, once complete, will eventually stretch 45km from Nerang to Logan.

It is expected to take up to 60,000 vehicles off the M1 and has been fully gazetted by the State Government.

An LNP spokesman said it intended to consult with Gold Coast residents about the final design of the project.

“The State LNP will match the Federal Government’s $750 million commitment and we will get shovels in the ground on the project next year,” he said.

“The LNP will consult with local residents and businesses on the final design of the Second M1 to get value for money and bust congestion on the northern Gold Coast.”

Coomer MP Michael Crandon argued earlier this month that the LNP’s second M1 was superior and could be built sooner.

“The LNP would build two lanes each way to build our stage one which would cost only $550 million,” he said.

Incumbent Transport Minister Mark Bailey dismissed the LNP’s proposal as an “inferior product”.

“While we are investing in a full stage one all the way from Carrara to Coomera, the LNP’s is only half the size and what has become clear is that it is an inferior option because of internal party divisions,” he said.

“At this rate we’d be building it for the next 30 years where as we believe it should be done once and properly.”

The road, formerly known as the intra-regional transport corridor (IRTC), has long been part of the State Government’s future plans to reduce congestion but was dumped by the former Newman government in 2013, when then-Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney wrote to the Gold Coast City Council demanding it be removed future plans as a condition of the City Plan being removed.

This decision was reversed in 2015.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, himself a life-member of the LNP, urged both sides of politics to be united on the issue.

“It would be wonderful if both sides of Queensland politics would join as one and acknowledge that we cannot drag out feet,” he said.

“We will be running with both feet to fast-track the Coomera Connector, light rail stage 4 and the fast rail - This is the key message out of the budget this past week and the sooner we all join together for the betterment of the next generation.

“The opportunity here is not to promise and delay, the opportune now exists to co-fund with the Federal Government and fast-track these projects.”
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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2020, 10:47:39 PM »
I think I agree with the LNP on this one.

I'm not sure if the induced demand of a six-lane motorway has really been considered. While the M1 has congestion issues, come the afternoon there's all sorts of issues with congestion on the local roads all the way around the Gold Coast as well. It would be a bit pointless to build a six-lane motorway only for it just to clog up all the local roads. Such a big, wide and long-term uncongested road would just make driving even more attractive.

Really, all you need is a relief valve / alternative road so if an accident blocks the M1, there's still a way for people to move around. It might not be very fast with all that traffic, but 20km/h > 0km/h.

Also it's my understanding this corridor runs directly beside the railway for part of the distance. It would be a disappointment if the Coomera Connector precluded additional express tracks along the Gold Coast line, or turned the land surrounding the railway line stations into a wasteland shoved between two motorways.

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There are fears a commitment to a shorter, narrower model would leave the Gold Coast in a similar position to the 1990s when the proposed eight-lane M1 was abandoned in favour of a four to six-lane version which has required billions of dollars in upgrades in the past 20 years to keep up with population growth.

Yes and no, the issue was that additional motorway reserve wasn't left behind to allow for the motorway to be easily widened at a later date. 4 lanes down at Palm Beach was very adequate 20 years ago. The design life of a motorway is only about 25 years anyway, after that you need to look at upgrading the pavement and redesigning the local road network anyway to cater to changing traffic demands and new development.

If you have those concerns, build the road as four lanes with it designed to easily allow for widening to six.
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« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2020, 01:05:01 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Transport Minister Mark Bailey says LNP’s Coomera Connector plan will cause fresh traffic woe

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The LNP’s plan for the Coomera Connector shows a lack of understanding of the problem at hand and the infrastructure required, writes Transport Minister Mark Bailey.

The booming suburbs of the Northern Gold Coast need their own road corridor south to access jobs, services and the beach without having to get on and off the 110 km/h M1.

When I became the new Minister for Main Roads in 2015, I was well aware the proposed new road corridor, known now as the second M1 or Coomera Connector, had been cut by the Newman LNP Government, to great disappointment on the Gold Coast.

When I was briefed on it as the new Minister, I was aghast at that short-sighted decision given the accelerating population growth around Pimpama, Coomera and Ormeau.

I sent my Department of Transport and Main Roads into bat to get the corridor secured and gazetted so we could do the necessary planning work and get on with building the second M1 as quickly as possible.

In 2016, 2017 and 2019 all three sections of this 45km new corridor were secured via gazettal by Labor. Public consultation followed and the business case and reference design are now well underway.

The southern section from Coomera to Nerang is the first priority which is why the Palaszczuk Labor Government put down $755 million a month ago, which was matched last week by Canberra in the federal budget for a total of $1.5 billion locked and loaded to build the full 16km stage 1 from near Metricon at Carrara up to near the Marine Precinct at Coomera, with provision for multiple exits.

Embarrassed by their appalling record of blocking the second M1 (well reported in the Gold Coast Bulletin at the time), LNP leader Deb Frecklington has attempted to clutch the mantel of being a second M1 fan to cover up those lost three years when she was Campbell Newman’s Assistant Minister on his razor gang, cutting projects like this one.

When anyone looks at the actual content and detail of the LNP second M1 promise however, it’s obvious they just don’t get it and haven’t done their homework.

The LNP have only committed to a puny six kilometre stage one of a second M1, going only from Coomera to the old Gold Coast Highway. Their stage one leaves out the entire ten kilometre southern section from the Gold Coast Highway to Nerang.

That means under the LNP, 100% of the northern Gold Coast traffic using the LNP’s puny version of the second M1 will all end up on the old Gold Coast Highway, pushing up to an extra 60,000 cars every day through Helensvale, Parkwood, Biggera Waters and Labrador.

Labor’s full 16km route will allow traffic to get on and off at Smith Street and Nerang Broadbeach Road, making it truly easier for locals to move around the Gold Coast and freeing up the M1 for genuine long distance travel rather than local trips.

While talking big, this puny policy by LNP Leader Deb Frecklington will turn the Gold Coast Highway into a car park from the day their version is opened to traffic.

It’s a disaster that’s foreseeable now yet not a peep out of local LNP spivs like Mark Boothman in Theodore or indeed rookie Bonney MP Sam O’Connor trying to stop this happening to their constituents.

No wonder Mayor Tom Tate and the Chambers of Commerce condemned the LNP’s puny plan as it shows a complete lack of understanding of the problem at hand and the infrastructure required.

It’s another example of Deb Frecklington’s poor judgment – whether on roads, on health or on borders.

Under the LNP’s disastrous plan, it could take 25 years to build the whole length in about seven stages, with the Gold Coast playing catch up continually over decades.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has a strong record of both funding and getting major transport infrastructure right and done on the Gold Coast over two terms - two M1 upgrades, two light rail stages, four M1 interchange upgrades, heavy rail duplication from Coomera to Helensvale and now the real McCoy full Stage One of the second M1. The Newman-Frecklington Government score? Zero.

Gold Coast residents concerned about the LNP’s puny plan for a mini second M1 have a clear choice on election day to back the Gold Coast and send the lazy LNP a clear message.

Mark Bailey is Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister
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« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2021, 01:01:46 PM »
Just my two cents here, I think extending the SE Busway all the way to Helensvale would be a good alternative to building the Coomera Connector. This would allow connections at Beenleigh and Helensvale, and the light rail at Helensvale.

The rail connections aren't that good, at least up here in Brissie. I live in Coopers Plains, 5 minute drive from the station, but it's only really useful if I want to go somewhere on the rail line like the CBD, airport, etc. In comparison, the bus network gives me access to Sunnybank, Garden City, Eight Mile Plains, CBD, Browns Plains, etc. Obviously better connections should also be built between the rail and bus networks which would improve the utility of rail.

Extending the SE Busway to Helensvale would enable better connections between Gold Coast and areas in Logan near the SE Busway - Greenslopes, Holland Park, Mount Gravatt, Rochedale, Eight Mile Plains, and hypothetically, Springwood and Loganholme.

Park n Rides could be built and upgraded to make the long PT commute more desirable than sitting on the motorway. Even the cost of building more Park n Rides, which are rather expensive (for instance, Coomera Park n Ride upgrade to cost $17M) is a small cost compared to building the new motorway, at a staggering $2,400M+.

It's not a silver bullet, but improving public transport connections would ease pressure off the M1. Extending the busway would be much less expensive than building a new motorway and it could run alongside the M1 to reduce the environmental impact. It would probably be more politically feasible than, say, building the R1 (as much as I like the idea).

Coomera Connector is really a terrible idea. It will induce traffic, have hidden costs due to required road upgrades around it, create more noise and air pollution, require a lot of land clearing, habitat destruction and divide up more bushland.

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« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2021, 01:19:07 PM »
Welcome Andrewr !

Interesting idea. Agree, the Coomera Connector is just going to induce more traffic everywhere!
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« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2021, 03:13:51 PM »
My personal view is that going all the way to Helensvale is a bit extreme and too closely duplicates the rail network, which is faster anyway, and the reason CRR is being built is to ramp up GC line capacity, so no sense stranding that asset.
(And of course, my original thinking is that money spent on the Coomera connector should be spent on upgrades north of Beenleigh to increase line speed)


I think the SE busway should run to Hyperdome, then hook west via Tanah Merah, Griffith Meadowbrook and terminate at Loganlea/Logan Hospital, so if people are coming from the GC, they can directly interchange for destinations on the SE busway at Loganlea.

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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2021, 05:52:56 PM »
You can run light rail parallel to heavy and then arc it north east for local transport.
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« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2021, 06:46:02 PM »
I think the SE Busway could be extended to Loganholme but I don't see much sense in it going further at this point in time. Maybe (and that's a big maybe) Beenleigh in the future, but there would have to be a lot more demand than at present.

What definitely needs to happen is better bus connections between the Beenleigh/GC line and the SEB.

#1 in my book is Garden City<->Altandi. Why 2 major interchanges (remember, Altandi has not only trains but all the 13x/140 buses as well) on 2 of the major spines of our network aren't better connected is beyond me.

Also required are Springwood <-> Kuraby, Loganholme <-> Loganlea,  and Holland Park <-> Yeerongpilly.

Add in a few decent feeder routes for Coomera Station and the GC line becomes attractive for a lot more trips, severely reducing the need for a traffic-inducing road like the Coomera Connector.

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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2021, 08:20:48 PM »


What definitely needs to happen is better bus connections between the Beenleigh/GC line and the SEB.

#1 in my book is Garden City<->Altandi. Why 2 major interchanges (remember, Altandi has not only trains but all the 13x/140 buses as well) on 2 of the major spines of our network aren't better connected is beyond me.

Also required are Springwood <-> Kuraby

I suggested a number of new routes along these corridors as part of the community consultation process for Brisbane Metro, and a separate survey for MacGregor ward exclusively. 100% agree about lack of gc-altandi connection, it's astounding.

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Gold Coast Bulletin --> Qld Government accused of misleading residents on Coomera Connector plans $

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THE State Government is being accused of misleading residents about what key roads will link up in the first stage of the planned $1.53 billion Coomera Connector.

Theodore MP Mark Boothman has asked Transport Minister Mark Bailey to “direct the department” to re-evaluate its plan to dump traffic from the second M1 on to busy Helensvale Road.

In his response, Mr Bailey said the Transport and Main Roads (TMR) department was sticking with its plans to use Helensvale Road and had ruled out another option of connecting with Hope Island Road. ...
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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2021, 12:47:26 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Revealed: The suburbs which either love or hate the Coomera Connector’

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AT least 80 per cent of people surveyed want the Coomera Connector built, but the second M1 is dividing one suburb.

Consultation undertaken by the Palaszczuk Government found 98 per cent of residents believed traffic congestion would worsen as the Pacific Motorway reaches gridlock on the northern end of the Gold Coast.

The Coomera Connector is expected to take up to 60,000 vehicles daily off the M1, encouraging residents from Pimpama to Nerang to use the new eastern motorway.

A Colmar Brunton telephone survey of 1000 residents businesses and residents, and “qualitative” interviews with community groups, found about 80 per cent of respondents supported the new road and 76 per cent wanted stage one of the Connector to be from Nerang to Coomera. Construction is expected to start mid-year. ...
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« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2021, 10:45:22 AM »
Coomera Connector Stage 1: Coomera to Nerang update

>>> https://www.yoursay-projects.tmr.qld.gov.au/coomeraconnector

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Based on community feedback from consultation undertaken in late 2020, a series of artist impressions have been developed to show how urban design elements of the project could look.

View the artist impressions below and provide feedback until 30 April 2021.
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« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2021, 03:51:45 PM »
It looks feral.

Plus, the bit between Helensvale and Parkwood appears to have the added bonus of severing the 2 future light rail station sites from their catchments.  :clp:
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« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2021, 06:21:52 PM »
It seems Bailey and his team are already trying to soften the blow for a watered down motorway compared to what we were all sold pre election. Wasn’t the funding already committed from both the state and feds? That guy is a first class tosser!!   :fp: :frs:

The artist impressions are based on the ultimate six-lane configuration of the Coomera Connector.
Based on transport demand modelling and available construction funding, the Stage 1 business case may recommend fewer lanes are built in some sections to meet medium-term needs.

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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2021, 07:10:04 AM »
It should be no more than 2 lanes full stop.  All this will do is continue to induce more traffic and make Coomera even more car reliant.
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« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2021, 11:55:09 AM »
Disagree 100%.

While we all hope there will be improvements to the rail link between the GC and Brisbane and this will lead to a percentage increase of users on the train, by way of population growth it would be extremely short sighted for a region that is expected to hit 5.4 millions (SEQ) in 2041, not to make this motorway 3 lanes in each direction from DAY ONE!!!!

Let's stop wasting F%^king tax payer money and doing a half arsed job, which is the Queensland way. Let's actually become the 'smart state' and deliver what was promised.

We have seen corners cut with CRR, let’s stop this now.

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« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2021, 12:11:55 PM »
kram0 Brisbane as a whole has a larger population than the GC, and you don't see a 3 lane motorway parallel to a 4 lane motorway there.

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« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2021, 02:50:24 PM »
The M1 is also the busiest intercity commuter corridor in the Country, so clearly there is demand, with the busiest section hitting close to 235,000 vehicles daily.

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« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2021, 02:51:26 PM »
The M1 is also the busiest intercity commuter corridor in the Country, so clearly there is demand, with the busiest section hitting close to 235,000 vehicles daily.
If it's the busiest intercity corridor then fastrail should have been done first.

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« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2021, 04:51:43 PM »
They should both be built, along with the heavy rail extension to the GC Airport.

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« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2021, 05:04:16 PM »
The basic rule of economics- there are an unlimited number of wants for a limited amount of resources. Sometimes, you can't build all, especially within a reasonable timeframe. The fast rail should have been planned and built first.
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« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2021, 10:15:33 PM »
Just put a toll on it and watch the traffic disappear.

No new road required.
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« Reply #36 on: March 17, 2021, 10:43:30 AM »
A city with population the size of the GC, that is growing at some of the fastest rates in the western world, can and should be able to justify the cost of this infrastructure. We just have two parties that play politics and we the tax payer and the losers!

Meanwhile across the border in NSW, are they talking single tracks to anywhere, NO. They are talking new Metro, new heavy rail, trams and just about everything else.

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« Reply #37 on: March 17, 2021, 11:37:03 AM »
But the infrastructure in this instance is 100% antithetical to achieving the intended aim, which is (or should be) to minimise traffic and increase public and active transport mode share.  This does the complete opposite, and on steroids.  It's like saying we should be pouring both water and kerosene on a bonfire.
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« Reply #38 on: April 30, 2021, 10:13:33 AM »
https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/91991

Preferred northern route for Coomera Connector confirmed

30th April 2021

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

An independent study of potential routes for the Coomera Connector’s northern section has confirmed the corridor already preserved for the future road as the preferred option.

The route is proposed to cross the Albert River east of Eagleby, connecting to the M1 and Logan Motorway at Loganholme.

It was considered in comparison to six other alternative routes by independent traffic planners and environmental specialists.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Coomera Connector would be critical to easing traffic congestion between the Gold Coast and Logan.

“Thanks to our state’s strong management of the COVID-19 health and economic crises, more Australians are choosing Queensland as the place to live and invest in,” Mr Bailey said.

“Even before COVID, communities in the northern Gold Coast were among the fastest growing parts of Australia.

“The Coomera Connector is a major project in our $50 billion infrastructure guarantee to build better roads and support new jobs for Queenslanders.

“It will become a key route for residents making local trips without having to get on the M1.

“The Palaszczuk Government has worked with the Federal Government to lock in $1.5 billion to start building stage one between Nerang and Coomera, but we can’t lose momentum on planning for future stages.”

Mr Bailey said independent specialists involved in the route assessment agreed the previously gazetted Coomera Connector alignment was the most suitable alignment.

“We gave a commitment to the community to rigorously investigate six alternative alignments for the northern section of the Coomera Connector,” Mr Bailey said.

“I thank the community members who put their time and effort into that process.

“Key considerations for independent specialists were the impacts on communities, impacts on the environment, the proposed cost, and the ability to reduce M1 congestion.

"The conclusion from their assessments was that the current Coomera Connector alignment had the least number of impacts on properties and homes and did not impact on the RAMSAR wetlands located north of the Logan River.”

Mr Bailey said community proposals to connect the new road to Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road would impact more properties due to the need to expand Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road to six lanes in some sections, driving higher traffic volumes past three schools and increasing project costs.

"Connecting to Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road was also found to not be as effective in reducing M1 congestion, compared to the gazetted alignment which provides a direct connection to the Logan and Pacific Motorway interchange at Loganholme," he said.

Mr Bailey said all options for the Coomera Connector’s northern section were located within the Logan and Albert river catchments.

“Concerns have been raised by some community members about the preferred route’s impact on the wetlands next to Eagleby," he said.

"To avoid those impacts, one of the alternatives put forward by the community was to build the new road further east, through Gilberton and Alberton area.

“Assessments found that option would impact a larger portion of more environmentally sensitive areas, including RAMSAR wetlands to the north of the Logan River and a Koala Priority Area.”

Mr Bailey said the community would continue to be closely involved in planning for the future road connection.

“Our focus over the next 18 months on the northern section of the Coomera Connector will be determining the staging plan for future works between Loganholme and Coomera,” he said.

“When planning major roads, we always seek to design and construct them in an environmentally sensitive manner, in consultation with the local community.

“The Smithfield Bypass that's currently being built north of Cairns is a good example of that.

“As part of that project, a new wetland habitat was created by excavating the site and using soil from the project to create bunds that could be planted with native flora, including water plants suitable for local bird life.

"Our project team will look for opportunities like that to enhance the local environment around Eagleby, with the potential to include features like additional board walks around the wetlands to support bird watching and eco-tourism.”

Mr Bailey said a series of community information sessions would be held in the coming weeks to share details from the independent Coomera Connector route assessments.

“We’ll hold at least four community information sessions at Beenleigh, Cornubia, Carbrook and Eagleby, as well as letterbox the local community to explain the findings of the independent route assessments,” Mr Bailey said.

Background:

The 45-kilometre Coomera Connector corridor between Loganholme and Nerang was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 15 March 2019.

A total of $1.53 billion to build the 16-kilometre Coomera Connector Stage 1 from Coomera to Nerang has been committed by the Australian and Queensland governments on a 50:50 basis.

Construction of stage one between Coomera and Nerang is set to begin later this year, with some sections expected to be open to traffic from late 2024.

Planning will start soon to confirm the next priority stage for the Coomera Connector - likely Stapylton to Coomera - which will provide an alternate route for growing communities around Coomera, Pimpama and Ormeau.

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« Reply #39 on: May 01, 2021, 06:57:50 AM »
Coomera Connector community update

30 April 2021

Today, the Honourable Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Transport and Main Roads announced the preferred northern route for Coomera Connector has been confirmed.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads assessed a total of six alternative alignments suggested by the community and has confirmed the gazetted route is the best overall alignment for the Coomera Connector between Loganholme and Stapylton.

The outcomes of the assessment are open for comment until 30 June 2021.

To learn more about the outcomes of the assessment of the alternative alignments and provide feedback, visit:
www.yoursay-projects.tmr.qld.gov.au/coomeraconnector

The Coomera Connector is being planned as a new north-south road between Logan and the Gold Coast that will relieve congestion on the Pacific Motorway (M1). Population growth in the northern Gold Coast area and Logan is contributing to growing congestion on the M1. The need for a new road between Loganholme and Nerang that will provide additional crossings of the Logan, Albert, Coomera and Nerang rivers is widely recognised.

The Australian and Queensland governments have committed $1.53 billion to build the priority stage of the Coomera Connector between Coomera and Nerang. Construction of Stage 1 is expected to commence later this year, following government consideration of the Stage 1 business case and finalising environmental approvals. Construction of Stage 1 is expected to be completed by the end of 2025, with some sections expected to be progressively open to traffic from late 2024.


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