Club Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the next Government should fund Mount Lindesay and Cunningham highway upgrades and push for a new passenger rail corridor.
“Drivers in the growing Logan and Ipswich regions know just how much work needs to be done to reduce the traffic and road safety issues we’re seeing. Congestion is so bad on the Mount Lindesay Highway that it’s down to just 28km/h in the morning peak,” Dr Michael said.
“We need extra lanes on the Mount Lindesay Highway, between Browns Plains and Jimboomba. On the Mount Lindesay and the Cunningham highways we want to see other low cost, high benefit safety treatments like removing roadside hazards, improving intersections, and installing safety barriers, wide centre line treatments and overtaking lanes.
“We also need to see the Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail corridor investigated. It could give locals a public transport alternative to the Mount Lindesay Highway, reducing congestion by providing passengers a rail connection to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
“Investment in these projects won’t only help save lives, they’ll change the livelihoods of southern Queenslanders for the better.”
Dr Michael said the Federal and State Governments also needed to work together to ensure infrastructure projects were not delayed by being caught in middle of funding disputes.
“Last year, more than 250 people died on Queensland roads with many more seriously injured. Road safety is not a partisan issue – it’s one that continues to claim lives and has ripple effects on families and communities. We need to see our pollies step up on this.”
RACQ’s priority projects in southern Queensland included:
- Mount Lindesay Highway – safety works package including duplication to Jimboomba (Mt Lindesay Highway 10 Year Strategic Plan)
- Cunningham Highway – safety works package along the Cunningham Highway
- Investigate Salisbury to Beaudesert rail corridor to Flagstone.
RACQ’s Queensland Matters could be viewed on RACQ’s website.