Shorten should prioritise not politicise: RACQ

While RACQ has welcomed Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s $2.24 billion funding commitment today for the Cross River Rail (CRR), it has urged him not to let other key priority projects fall by the wayside.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Dr Rebecca Michael said key projects like the Brisbane Metro and Beerburrum to Nambour Rail duplication were at risk of being overlooked if all funding was committed to the CRR project.

“We recognise Cross River Rail as one of the most important parts of the plan to battle congestion in south east Queensland, but Brisbane Metro and the duplication of the North Coast line are equally important if we are to optimise benefits and meet future demand,” Dr Michael said.

Dr Michael said both projects were listed as priority projects by Infrastructure Australia and urged future federal governments to take a strategic approach to the whole network.

“This should be about priority, not politics, and North Coast Rail and Brisbane Metro are also at the top of the list and warrant a key focus,” she said.

Dr Michael also welcomed the Opposition’s further election promise to match the Prime Minister’s commitment of $1 billion to widen two sections of the M1.

“This is Queensland’s busiest and congested road, now we need the State Government to do its part to get funding allocated and get that job done.”