Governments working together at last: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a City Deal which would see all levels of government work together to improve transport infrastructure in south east Queensland.

The Courier Mail reported Prime Minister Scott Morrison would on Tuesday support a blueprint to transform the transport system, with several major projects to improve road and public transport in the region.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said this was a very positive development as all three levels of government and both major political parties had signed up to the plan.

“It’s great to see both sides of politics and Local, State and Federal Governments putting aside their differences to focus on infrastructure priorities and funding commitments,” Mr Turner said.

“We need to improve public transport, otherwise we’ll see congestion continue to grow. Congestion is a lifestyle issue and we don’t want to lose the quality of life we currently enjoy in south east Queensland.”

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Mr Turner said while the plan was a great start, there was still a need for an integrated public transport authority which could coordinate and deliver frequent services across council boundaries.

“Queenslanders repeatedly tell us the most common reasons they avoid public transport are because there aren’t services available in their area, there are poor timetables, or multiple connections make it too much of a hassle,” he said.

“The authority should have the capability to reform the bus network, coordinate bus and train services, and deliver a value-for-money public transport system for Queenslanders.”