Darling Downs locals demand better, safer roads

Darling Downs locals have slammed the state of roads in the region and called for major investment in safety infrastructure, a new RACQ survey has revealed.

Warrego Highway traffic

As part of its Transport Priorities Survey, the Club gave more than 2000 Queenslanders a hypothetical $100 million and asked how they would spend it to improve their local transport network.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said participants in the Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Western Downs, Southern Downs and Goondiwindi regions would allocate almost two-thirds of their total budget to delivering upgrades on the local and State-controlled road networks.

“Locals are in the best position to identify the problems their roads face and when you put the power in their hands it becomes clear what they value most and where they want to see improvements,” Ms Ross said.

“More than 60 percent told us they think maintenance of the roads in their region isn’t up to scratch. About half also feel their roads should be upgraded due to the amount of traffic using them.

“They told us safety upgrades on the Warrego, Gore, Cunningham and New England highways are in need of urgent delivery.”

Ms Ross said respondents, on average, said they would allocate almost one quarter of their budgets to boosting public transport.

“That’s because almost two thirds of locals consider public transport in the region to be insufficient and say services don’t run where they need to,” she said.

“Improving and increasing passenger rail services between Toowoomba and Brisbane is a priority project for locals, with two-thirds of participants indicating their support for it.

“Sadly regional Queensland is often forgotten about when it comes to funding for these services, but everyone pays rates and taxes, so we urge all governments to consider what’s important to the people who contribute to them.”