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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has rubbished opposition claims a second M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast would cost just $500 million, and asked which assets they would sell to fund the estimated $2.4 billion project.
She avoided directly answering questions about duplicating the popular motorway, instead saying her government is focused on public transport.
The light rail extension between the southern Queensland cities would mean less cars on the road, she said.
"Once that second stage of the light rail is complete we will start seeing a lot of people move off the roads and on to public transport," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters at Bundaberg on Wednesday.
Her comments come a day after Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls launched a petition calling on the government to commit to the project, while refusing to promise his party would build it if they won the impending election.
It proposed building the first stage of the second M1 through an already-earmarked 36.5km corridor between Stapylton and Nerang.
"The opposition talk clearly about a petition - no plan to build that," Ms Palaszczuk.
A duplication of the M1 has not been a vote-winner in the past.
Former Labor premier Wayne Goss famously lost eight seats in the 1995 Queensland election, partly due to his second motorway plan, which was dubbed the "koala toll road" because it would have cut through a koala habitat.
The RACQ has already signalled its support for a second highway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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