Brisbane deserves vital State Budget funds

11 May 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has called on the Queensland Government to deliver funding to fast-track key road and transport projects for Brisbane in the upcoming 2018-2019 Budget.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the Palazsczuk Government had a duty to get moving on projects like Cross River Rail and come clean on its M1 upgrade funding allocation.

“We’ve seen the State Government commit funds to Cross River Rail but now we need to get on and fast track its construction,” Mr Turner said.

“On the other hand, the Federal Government has recently committed to widening two regularly grid-locked sections of the M1 – but the State’s staying quiet on its funding share.

“We need the State and Federal Governments to stop playing politics and negotiate a fair deal for Queensland motorists – and then they need to deliver.”

Mr Turner urged the Queensland Government to commit to funding an open level crossing upgrade program which would deliver significant improvements at level crossings in Coopers Plains, Alderley, Coorparoo, Runcorn and Wynnum West.

“We want to separate road and rail traffic. Not only will this deliver safety improvements for everyone, it’ll significantly reduce delays and congestion for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.

Mr Turner said funding must also be allocated to increase the number of segregated bike paths and on-road bicycle lanes throughout the city.

“Separating bicycles from cars is the safest option and upgrading roads will go a long way to help ease congestion. We believe all new upgrades should include bicycle improvements.”

Top Queensland Budget 2017-18 priorities for Brisbane:

  • Fund and fast-track Cross River Rail construction
  • Fund M1 upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and Gateway Motorway to Loganholme
  • Mt Lindesay Highway safety works
  • Open level railway crossing upgrade program
  • Implement upgrades to pedestrian and cycle infrastructure
  • Upgrade the Ipswich Motorway.