Toowoomba mustn’t miss out on safety upgrades

11 May 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has urged the Palaszczuk Government to commit to vital road safety upgrades for Toowoomba ahead of its Budget 2018 release.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said it was time for immediate action to address the serious lack of funding given to transport and roads in Queensland.

“Toowoomba residents are all too familiar with the transport issues that plague the region – some of the major arterials like the Carnarvon and New England highways need to be upgraded to ensure they’re up to scratch in terms of safety,” Ms Ross said.

“In the last three years, Queensland Budget funding for transport and roads has dropped to the lowest level in a decade. The State Government has to address this now and make transport infrastructure a priority.”

Ms Ross said RACQ had called on the Government to be transparent and reveal what it would cost motorists to use the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

“Drivers are being kept in the dark on the price of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing toll,” she said.

“It’s also important any of the project savings are reinvested in upgrades between Toowoomba and Brisbane.

“Locals deserve good quality roads and a transport system that drives productivity and facilitates economic growth.

“We know safer roads lead to safer outcomes, so greater government investment is crucial.”

View RACQ’s 2018 Queensland Pre-Budget submission here.