RACQ welcomes reported Federal Budget cash splash

RACQ is eagerly awaiting Tuesday’s Federal Budget following reports of a much-needed funding to be spent on the State’s roads and public transport infrastructure network.

Brisbane Metro

The Courier-Mail Monday reported on a multibillion-dollar bitumen bonanza that spruces the Bruce and revolutionises Brisbane public transport” and the State’s peak motoring body could not be happier.

RACQ’s Paul Turner said the funding will help ease congestion on some of Queensland’s busiest roads, improve safety and accessibility in regional Queensland and offer south east Queensland travellers new public transport alternatives.

“We’ve been calling for funding for these projects for a number of years and we hope tomorrow night’s Budget delivers,” Mr Turner said.

“Transport infrastructure and public transport spending has been lacking in Queensland in recent years so it’s good to see we’re getting our fair share this year.

“The Bruce Highway is the second longest highway in the country so the funding for upgrades including realignments and additional widening and overtaking lanes is sorely needed to make it a safe and reliable road for Queenslanders to travel on.

Brisbane Metro will help bring Brisbane’s public transport up to the standard expected of a growing capital city and ease congestion on Brisbane roads which often see motorists at a stand-still in peak hour.

“We’re disappointed to see no mention of funding for Cross River Rail to finally get this important project off the ground. We can’t afford to wait until trains reach capacity to act to improve the network.

“Many of these projects include urban improvements and require funding support from the State Government to get off the ground. We hope these important improvements don’t get halted due to political argy-bargy.

“We’ll be paying close attention tomorrow night.”

The Courier-Mail is reporting Queensland will receive funding for:

  • $3.3 billion upgrades for the Bruce Highway, including projects from central to north Queensland, including $880 million in new upgrades from Pine Rivers to Caloundra and about $1.6 billion in projects to be released later. It means the Coalition’s spend on the highway since 2013 will have reached $10 billion.
  • $300 million for the Brisbane Metro project, a Brisbane City Council plan that will include high-frequency public transport services over 21km of existing busway
  • $170 million for the Cunningham Highway linking the Darling Downs and Ipswich
  • A share of $160 million for the Outback Way, which stretches between Winton and Laverton in Western ­Australia
  • $1.5 billion for northern Australian strategic roads, which help get product to port and will be a major employer for indigenous Australians.