I recently announced that a Shorten Labor Government will invest $168m alongside $42m from the state government to ease congestion at the southbound Gateway-M1 merge, beginning construction next year.

The $210m project includes a $42m investment from the Queensland Labor Government and will fix the Gateway-M1 merge, by adding additional southbound lanes on the M1 between Eight Mile Plans and Springwood, with construction to start next year.

I’ve lived most of my life next to or very close to the freeway, in Rochedale South, Springwood and Daisy Hill, so I know what it is like to sit in barely moving traffic when that time could be better spent.

The 2015 Infrastructure Australia Audit highlighted congestion in the Brisbane-Logan-Gold Coast Corridor as a serious problem and one expected to worsen significantly over the next fifteen years.

Labor has a strong record of investing $312.5m in M1 upgrades in Logan - paid for and completed when we were last in Government – but more now needs to be done.

In contrast, the federal Liberals have talked a big game about investment in the M1, but the recent Federal Budget confirmed that they are still unwilling to contribute a single cent for upgrades.

A vote for Labor will see real action on the M1, putting people in the Brisbane-Logan-Gold Coast corridor first.