Brisbane Metro given top priority

RACQ has applauded Brisbane Metro’s placement at the top of the Infrastructure Australia priority list.

Brisbane Times reported the project had been listed as one of just six “high priority” projects by Infrastructure Australia, which boosted its chances of receiving significant Federal Government funding.

The Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade appeared in the “priority projects” list.

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RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said it would welcome Commonwealth funding for the Metro project but pointed out it was only one of a number of key transport projects in south east Queensland which required funding.

“Brisbane Metro is a result of some strong consultation by the Brisbane City Council and it’ll provide a viable alternative to driving to and from work in Brisbane,” Mr Turner said.

“We need congestion-busting projects like this if we’re to avoid the grinding gridlock of other large Australian cities and maintain the lifestyle we’ve enjoyed in south east Queensland.”

Mr Turner said Cross River Rail was another essential project which needed to be delivered.

“We’re also strong supporters of the Cross River Rail project, which is now being funded in its entirety by the Queensland Government,” he said.

“RACQ believes this should allow additional Commonwealth funding to go into projects like Brisbane Metro and the duplication of the heavy rail to the Sunshine Coast. Both projects are vital for the future liveability of the south east region and deserve support from Canberra.”

Mr Turner said Federal funding would continue to be required for the Bruce Highway and for the as yet unfunded upgrade to the M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun.