Traffic on the M1
Traffic on the M1

Brisbane traffic: the $47m cost of traffic snarl

THE gruelling daily commute between the Gold Coast and Brisbane is taking a $47 million toll on workers, a new analysis has found.

An average of 41,000 workers travel to and from the capital city from the ­region for work, spending ­almost three hours a day ­behind the wheel on the M1, or on the train.

"Based on the average commuting time for employees travelling to and from the Gold Coast in a single direction, the Chamber deduces employees spend a total of 598 hours across the working year commuting to and from the Gold Coast," Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland advocacy general manager Kate Whittle said. "If we broaden this, employees that commute to and from the Gold Coast spend 80 work days or 16 work weeks commuting annually."

On the average weekly ­salary of $1150, this equates to $47.2 million in wasted time each year. CCIQ said there was an impact on business too, with people who travel for less than half an hour gaining an extra week in productive time a year, over those who commute for an hour or over.

Health experts say a long commute impacts on employee health and motivation.

More on this at the Gold Coast Bulletin