Pacific Motorway M1 Upgrade – Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill


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Pacific Motorway M1 Upgrade – Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   


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Under procurement

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Preferred bidder announced

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Recently closed

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ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Credibly proposed
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

As part of the National Land Transport Network, the M1 Pacific Motorway is the key commuter and freight transport corridor between Queensland and NSW.

The Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill project will see:

-widening the motorway from six to eight lanes;
-ramps consolidated and managed motorways technology added; and
-better active transport connections between centres.

An extension of the South East Busway to Springwood is also being considered as part of the stage.

In April 2018, the Federal Government committed circa $1 billion funding for Queensland's M1 Pacific Motorway upgrades between Varsity Lakes to Tugun ($515 million) and Eight Miles Plains to Daisy Hill ($374.5 million), which will see funding contributions each year between FY2018-19 and FY2026-27. The Federal Government has committed to fund both projects on a 50/50 funding split between the Federal and the Queensland Governments, pending business case approval by Infrastructure Australia.

Building Queenslad is currently developing a detailed business case for the project, following the re-elected Queensland Government committing $16 million towards a business case for future upgrades of the M1 corridor between Eight Mile Plains and the Logan Motorway.

In March 2018, Infrastructure Australia identified this stage as a near term (0-5 years) Priority Initiative in its Infrastructure Priority List.

In June 2018, the Queensland Budget allocated $374.5 million for Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill out of a $749 million indicative total cost. The funding allocations comprise both State and Federal funding.

The Budget notes that project timing and funding arrangements are still subject to negotiations with the Federal Government, with the total project costs subject to business case development. The 2018-19 Queensland Transport Infrastructure Programme (QTRIP), released in conjunction with the Budget, notes that the majority of funding for the project is beyond the forward estimates with $424 million for Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill beyond FY2021-22.

The project will be delivered under three to four major contracts (construction only) with possible early tenderer involvement. The contracts' value is estimated between $50 to $200 million. The first contract is expected to be awarded the second half of 2020. Construction of the project is expected to commence the last quarter of 2020 with expected completion in 2023.

Last reviewed: 28/08/2018

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