RACQ backs Infrastructure Australia priority projects

RACQ has welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s move to add six major Queensland projects to its national priority list, including upgrades to regional highways and improvements to bust congestion to make roads safer.

Projects added to the list included the Brisbane northern suburbs corridor, the Queensland inland freight route, the Browns Plains to South East Busway initiative, the Mooloolah River interchange and the Browns Plains to Beaudesert project.

Club spokesperson Paul Turner said it was encouraging projects RACQ had called for previously were progressing through the Infrastructure Australia assessment, to help stimulate the economy as it recovered from COVID-19. 

“It’s fantastic to see so many big-ticket Queensland projects earmarked, that will help future-proof some of our most congested and dangerous roads and make them safer,” Mr Turner said.

“The inland freight route will greatly improve the condition, productivity and safety of inland Queensland highways by offering an alternative safety and efficient inland route for freight, taking pressure off other routes such as the Bruce Highway.

“The northern suburbs corridor will see capacity improvements on Gympie Road, to improve traffic flow and reduce crashes.

“We would also like to see alternative corridor improvements to the east and west of Gympie Road, such as the North West Multi-Modal Transport Corridor and Sandgate Road.

“Queenslanders deserve roads that are safe, efficient, accessible and offer high productivity for all road users.”

Mr Turner called on the State Government to progress the initiatives further and develop options as part of Stage Two of the Infrastructure Australia Assessment process.

“It’s now up to the State Government to accelerate these priorities into projects,” he said.

“A pipeline of shovel ready projects will help support job creation across the State, which is exactly what the economy needs right now.”