We must get aboard the Cross River Rail train

RACQ says the Cross River Rail project remains a must for Brisbane, despite Infrastructure Australia claiming the business case doesn’t stack up.

The Club today supported the State Government’s intention to push ahead with the congestion busting project.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said it was not a matter of if but when for Cross River Rail, and the sooner it happened the better to take traffic off our roads.

“Does anyone believe this project will be any cheaper if it’s delayed and put back several years?” Mr Turner said.

“To be a truly liveable city in the future we need a public transport network that works and a fully functioning rail system is vital to that outcome.

“We do not agree with Infrastructure Australia’s proposal to wait until the Brisbane rail network is overcrowded and even more unpopular with commuters.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we built the infrastructure before we had a crisis for once?”

Mr Turner said Cross River Rail had become a ‘city versus regional’ infrastructure debate.

“The fact remains Queensland is a large growing state and we need a massive injection of funds for infrastructure from Cairns to the border and across to the west over the next 10 years,” he said.

“Both levels of government need to understand future economic growth relies on a fully functioning transport network and Cross River Rail is vital to this.”