RACQ welcomes infrastructure funding ahead of election

As the Federal Election loomed closer, the State’s peak motoring body has welcomed Labor’s commitment to invest in vital Queensland road and rail projects.

The Courier Mail reported Bill Shorten announced on Friday $15.6 billion in transport infrastructure funding across the State, which included $1.3 billion in new upgrades to the Ipswich Motorway, Bruce Highway, Pacific Motorway and a Cape York Roads Package.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club was pleased with the announcement, as several of the commitments aligned with RACQ’s Queensland Matters priorities.

“It’s fantastic to see a number of the projects we’ve advocated for have been recognised for funding,” Dr Michael said.

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“As the population continues to grow, it’s more important than ever that we invest in roads, public transport and active transport, to ensure Queensland remains a great place to live.”

Dr Michael said Queensland was a battleground State and transport infrastructure could be the big winner.

“During this Federal Election, we call on all major parties to prioritise infrastructure to not only save lives but also improve the quality of Queensland lives,” she said.

“We also need commitments from each party to bridge any disputes over project funding gaps. We don’t need any delays in delivering vital infrastructure projects such as the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication, Pacific Motorway Exit 41 and 49 upgrades and the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A.