$1.3 billion in funding 'a game-changer' for Qld: RACQ

UPDATE: RACQ has welcomed news the Queensland Labor party would match Federal funding to widen the Centenary Bridge ensuring the much-needed project could get underway immediately.

Club spokesperson Paul Turner said the project would benefit commuters plagued by congestion in Brisbane’s western suburbs.

“Motorists tell us they’re fed up with being stuck in congestion on the Centenary Motorway and it’s time those pinch points, like the bridge, were eradicated to help traffic flow,” Mr Turner said.

“Support from all sides and tiers of politics is welcomed because it ensures we get moving on fixing the issues that are holding Queensland up.”

EARLIER: The Club has welcomed reports Queensland would benefit from a $1.3 billion cash splash on roads and infrastructure when the Federal Government handed out down its 2020 Budget.

The Courier Mail reported the first stage of the M1 Coomera Connector between Logan and the Gold Coast, the duplication of the Centenary Bridge, upgrades to the Bruce Highway and $76 million in commitments for Townsville’s Riverway Drive were centrepieces of Tuesday’s Federal Budget. 

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the proposed Commonwealth funding would ensure Queensland would thrive.

“These are legacy congestion busting and safety projects that will help pull Queensland out of the recession by stimulating our economy, creating jobs and ensuring we can move safely and efficiently around the State,” Mr Turner said. 

“Now, more than ever, we need a pipeline of projects to set Queensland up for the future and we welcome the focus on roads and infrastructure.

“The M1 Coomera Connector project will be a game changer for commuters by removing local traffic from the clogged M1 and Centenary Motorway and Beams Road constantly sit at the top of our most congested roads.  It’s high time we see funding allocated to remove choke points.

Mr Turner said regional areas would not miss out if the Government delivered on its rumoured Federal Budget promises. 

“The Bruce Highway is the backbone of our State and it needs to be safe, efficient and accessible for all road users whether it’s for local traffic, tourism or freight. We’re happy to see four separate upgrades on the table,” he said.

“Funding for Riverway Drive in Townsville and the Cooktown to Weipa corridor upgrades is much needed  because they will make a major difference to congestion, safety and flood immunity in the regions.

“The projects set to get funding are all ‘shovel ready’ which means we can get started tomorrow. It’s our chance to place Queensland in good stead for the future as we claw our way through the recession. 

“We’ll be eagerly awaiting Tuesday’s Federal Budget to get more details on what’s coming for our State and confirmation these rumours turn into reality.”