Labor’s infrastructure plan for Queensland

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment to invest in the Gateway Motorway, Bruce Highway and Cross River Rail.

The Courier Mail reported Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, in his Budget reply speech, announced an infrastructure plan which included $1.5 billion for upgrades to the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway in the south east and a recommitment to invest $2.24 billion into the $5.54 billion Cross River Rail. 

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said it was important Queensland saw real funding commitments for critical infrastructure upgrades.

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“We’re pleased to see the funding for Cross River Rail which would free up money for the State Government to then be reinvested into additional rail and road infrastructure,” Dr Michael said.

“With south east Queensland ever-growing, the need to provide greater capacity and improved connectivity is now more crucial than ever.

“Funding has also been allocated to the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway, including a new bridge across the Pine River. We’ve advocated for these upgrades to ensure the increasing traffic and freight demands to the north of Brisbane will be accommodated into the future.”

Regional Queensland was also not forgotten, as Labor promised upgrades for the central and northern sections of the Bruce Highway and matched several other regional commitments from the Federal Government.

Dr Michael said RACQ would review all major party commitments to identify any infrastructure and funding gaps.

“Come Federal Election time, we expect all major parties to prioritise infrastructure to save Queensland lives.”

A full list of RACQ’s priorities could be viewed in its Queensland Matters report here.