It's time to invest in regional roads: RACQ
As the State Election loomed closer RACQ has backed calls for a $200 million investment to fund road upgrades across regional Queensland which would save lives and boost the economy.
Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP) partners, which included RACQ, have put forward their investment proposal which also called for a commitment from each party to endorse the Inland Queensland Road Network Strategy and progress detailed planning for the identified priorities.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said RACQ and its IQ-RAP partners were strong advocates for increased investment in the productivity and safety of regional roads.
“Along with calling for an increased investment in a freight and productivity improvement program on inland regional Queensland roads, we’re also calling for a mass action Queensland road safety program,” Dr Michael said.
“This would involve low-cost, high benefit safety treatments across Queensland’s road network, like wide centre lines, safety barriers and intersection upgrades to achieve a minimum 30 percent reduction in fatal and serious injuries by 2030.
“The number of fatal crashes we’ve seen on the State’s roads this year is devastating and it’s time Queensland roads were safer.
“More than 172 lives have been lost across the State, compared to 149 at the same time last year, and with simple, inexpensive and effective upgrades to our regional road network we could stop more families from losing a loved one.”
Dr Michael said creating a safe and reliable road network was also critical for industry and tourism.
“At this time, it’s important we keep Queensland moving as safely and efficiently as possible,” she said.
“Further investment will help create jobs, kickstart the economy and ensure greater productivity across the State.”