Cross River Rail funding vital for future of Brisbane

Queensland’s number one infrastructure priority may have taken a major leap forward, following comments made by Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison.

Cross River Rail.

Brisbane Development.

Mr Morrison hinted the upcoming Federal Budget on 9 May would deliver much needed funds for Brisbane’s  Cross River Rail project.

The Queensland projects named at the top of the Government’s infrastructure list included Cross River Rail, as well as a $10 billion inland freight line between Melbourne and Brisbane – with an initial allocation of $1 billion expected.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Federal Government was closely examining the business case for the Cross River Rail project and it was up to the State Government to prove the underground rail project would be “good debt”.

RACQ’s Michael Roth said the existing State Government funding commitment was a serious step towards getting Cross River Rail underway, and the Federal Government needed to show us the colour of its money before the project could start construction.

“Cross River Rail will give south east Queensland commuters a viable alternative to using their cars, improving existing rail alignment through the inner city and providing additional capacity to cater for our growing CBD,” Mr Roth said.

“It [Cross River Rail] is rightly the first in line for Queensland’s pipeline of infrastructure priority projects and we want to see shovels hitting the dirt as soon as possible.

“We’re calling on Mr Turnbull and Mr Morrison to make Cross River Rail a priority for Queensland in the Federal budget.”