Logan Motorway

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Logan Motorway

Wembly Road crossing Logan Motorway west.jpg
Looking west from Wembley Road crossing, 2015
General information
TypeMotorway
Length30.3 km (19 mi)
Route number(s)
  • M2
  • (Gailes- Forest lake)
  • M2
  • (Forest Lake- Drewvale)
  • M6
  • (Drewvale - Loganholme)
Former
route number
  • Metroad 4
  • (Gailes - Drewvale)
  • Metroad 6
  • (Drewvale - Loganholme)
Major junctions
West end Ipswich Motorway, Gailes, Queensland
 
East end Pacific Motorway, Loganholme, Queensland
Location(s)
Major suburbs / townsDrewvale, Loganlea
Highway system

The M2/M6 Logan Motorway is a 30-kilometre toll road between Ipswich and the M1 or Pacific Motorway at Loganholme, and the Gateway Motorway, providing access to the Gold Coast on the eastern seaboard and to the rural areas of the Darling Downs to the west. The M6 portion runs from the Pacific Motorway to the junction with the Gateway Motorway at Drewvale, where it then becomes the M2, continuing on to merge with the Ipswich Motorway at Gailes.

The road is operated and owned by Transurban Queensland.[1] Most of this road was formally Metroad 4 prior to the Gateway Motorway extension in 1997.[2]

History[edit]

Motorway bridge at Loganlea, 2013
View south east from Tanah Merah, 2016

The Logan Motorway Act of 1987 permitted a franchise period of 30 years from completion of construction.[3] The original owner was the Logan Motorway Company Ltd, later a company of Queensland Motorways. Russell Hinze attended a ceremony at Loganlea for the turning of the first sod in the construction of the Logan Motorway in October 1987.[4]

It originally opened as a two-lane motorway on 13 December 1988, and was upgraded to four in two stages.[5] The first stage of the duplication (Ipswich Motorway to Wembley Road) was completed in December 1996, followed by the second (Wembley Road to Pacific Motorway) on 23 May 2000. The Gateway Motorway was linked in 1997.[3]

Toll booths at Wembley Road were removed in April 1997.[4] Too many heavy vehicles were avoiding the toll by using Compton Road.[4]

In December 2020, a man on the Logan Motorway was shot dead by police as he approached them with a knife in his hand.[6]

Upgrade[edit]

In 2015, the road was deemed to be a traffic bottleneck. It was exceeding its planned capacity with up to 60,000 vehicles per day using the motorway.[7] Late in the same year it was announced that Transurban would upgrade the Logan Motorway . It underwent an $450 million upgrade constructed from 2016 through to 2019.[8][9][10] The upgrade, known as the Logan Enhancement Project, included upgrades to the Logan Motorway and Gateway Motorway:[11][12]

  • widening Gateway Motorway to three lanes in each direction from Compton Road to Logan Motorway and new south-facing ramps at Compton Road
  • widening Logan Motorway to up to four lanes in each direction between Wembley Road and Beaudesert Road / Mount Lindesay Highway
  • relocating the Logan Motorway on and off-ramps at Wembley Road
  • new underpass from Beaudesert Road southbound to Logan Motorway westbound
  • new service roads between Gateway Motorway and Beaudesert Road / Mount Lindesay Highway, bypassing the Logan Motorway
  • the upgrades funded from an increase in Class 4 (commercial truck tolls)[8]

Tolls[edit]

The road is operated and owned by Transurban Queensland.[1] The state continued to own the road and bridge infrastructure.[13] Electronic free-flow tolling was implemented in 2009.

Tolls on the Logan Motorway were originally due to expire 30 years after opening, in 2018. In April 2011, the tolls were extended to 2051 as a result of the transfer of Queensland Motorways' tollways to the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).[14]

The motorway has three toll points:[15][5]

  • Loganlea toll point: east of Loganlea Road, and the eastbound exit and westbound entry ramps to / from Loganlea Road
  • Heathwood toll point: west of Stapylton Road, and the westbound exit and eastbound entry ramps to / from Stapylton Road
  • Paradise Road toll point: westbound exit and eastbound entry ramps to / from Paradise Road

Additionally, all traffic between the Logan Motorway and Gateway Extension must pass through the Kuraby or Compton Road toll points of the Gateway Extension. This means travel on any section of Logan Motorway between Stapylton Road and Loganlea Road incurs two tolls (a combination of any Gateway Motorway or Logan Motorway tolls). The short sections of Logan Motorway between Ipswich Motorway and Centenary Motorway and between Drews Road and Pacific Motorway are toll-free.

Toll prices as of 1 January 2022[16]
Toll road Class 1 (Motorcycles) Class 2 (Cars) Class 3 (Light Commercial Vehicles) Class 4 (Heavy Commercial Vehicles) Toll increase Toll concessionaire[17] Expiry of toll concession[18][19]


Logan Motorway Loganlea toll point $0.90 $1.81 $2.72 $5.83 Annually on 1 July, by CPI Transurban Queensland[a]
(62.5% owned by Transurban)
31 December 2051[20]
Heathwood and Paradise Road toll points $1.49 $2.98 $4.47 $9.62 Annually on 1 July, by CPI


  1. ^ Under a long-term concession agreement with the state

Exits and interchanges[edit]

LGALocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
BrisbaneIpswich boundaryWacolGailes boundary00.0 Ipswich Motorway (State Route M2) west – Ipswich, ToowoombaWestern motorway terminus: continues as Ipswich Motorway westbound; no access to Ipswich Motorway north-eastbound or from Ipswich Motorway south-westbound
0.50.31Brisbane Road – Goodna, Redbank PlainsWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Carole Park0.80.50Formation Street – Camira, Carole ParkEastbound exit and westbound entrance
21.2Boundary Road – Carole Park, WacolWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
BrisbaneForest Lake3.42.1 Centenary Motorway (State Route M5) – Springfield, Jindalee, BrisbaneNo eastbound exit to M5 northbound; no westbound entrance from M5 southbound
74.3Heathwood toll point
Heathwood8.25.1 Stapylton Road (State Route 35) – Forestdale, Forest Lake
Larapinta10.96.8Paradise Road – Acacia Ridge, ForestdaleToll points on westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
ParkinsonDrewvale boundary13.98.6Beaudesert Road – Acacia Ridge, Brisbane, Regents Park, BeaudesertParclo Interchange
Drewvale15.89.8 Gateway Motorway (State Route M2) north – Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Brisbane AirportTrumpet interchange; Route transition: M2 westbound, Metroad 6 eastbound
LoganBerrinba16.910.5 Wembley Road (State Route 50) – Browns Plains, Logan Central Wembley Road toll point was under the bridge.
Loganlea22.714.1 Kingston Road (State Route 95) via Jutland Street & Station Road – Bethania, UnderwoodEastbound exit and entrance via Jutland Street, westbound exit and entrance via Station Road
Meadowbrook24.215.0Loganlea Road – Daisy Hill, LoganleaWestbound exit and entrance
24.515.2University Drive to Loganlea Road – Daisy Hill, LoganleaEastbound exit and entrance
25.215.7Loganlea toll point
Tanah MerahLoganholme boundary29.318.2Drews Road
Loganholme29.818.5Pacific Highway frontage road – Loganholme, BrisbaneEastbound exit is via Drews Road ramp
30.318.8 Pacific Motorway (State Route M1) south – Gold Coast, Ballina, Gold Coast AirportEastern terminus: continues as Pacific Motorway southbound; no access to M1 northbound or from M1 southbound

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brisbane". Transurban. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Road Photos & Information: Queensland". Paul Rands. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b Howells, Mary (2003). Logan River Tinnie Trail. Logan City Council. p. 45. ISBN 0975051903.
  4. ^ a b c Howells, Mary (2006). Ridge to Ridge: Recollections from Woodridge to Park Ridge. Logan City Council. p. 122, 135. ISBN 0-9750519-2-X.
  5. ^ a b "About the Logan Motorway". Queensland Motorways Limited. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  6. ^ Chapman, Alex; Barnsley, Warren (18 December 2020). "Police investigating potential link between Logan Motorway shooting and Parkinson double homicide". 7 News. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Logan Motorway Corridor Strategy". Department of Transport and Main Roads. Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Logan Enhancement Project nears completion, easing congestion on major motorways". 7 News. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  9. ^ Andrew Dawson (28 October 2015). "Funding to fix one of Queensland's worst bottlenecks given the green light". Quest Community News. News Corp. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  10. ^ Amy Mitchell-Whittington (23 November 2016). "Logan Motorway upgrade given green light". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Logan Enhancement Project is complete". Transurban. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Transurban Queensland's $512m Logan Enhancement Project approved" (PDF). ASX. Transurban. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  13. ^ "Qld Motorways transferred in $3bn deal". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Logan Motorway toll to be charged until 2051, not 2018: State Government". Brisbane Times. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  15. ^ "South-east Queensland toll road network" (PDF). go via. September 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Toll pricing". Linkt. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  17. ^ "Toll roads". Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  18. ^ "Brisbane". Transurban. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  19. ^ "Transurban Queensland Euro Medium Term Note Programme Update" (PDF). 31 October 2016. p. 9. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  20. ^ "Road Franchise Agreement - The State of Queensland (The State), Queensland Motorways Pty Limited ACN 067 242 513, Gateway Motorway Pty Limited ACN 010 127 303 and Logan Motorways Pty Limited ACN 010 704 300 (Franchisees)" (PDF). Department of Transport and Main Roads. p. 52. Retrieved 15 October 2021.

External links[edit]

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