RACQ: Governments need to work together to deliver congestion relief

The State’s peak motoring body has called for work to start on key road infrastructure projects that were shovel-ready, after reports several had been stalled by the Queensland Government.

The Courier Mail reported more than $4 billion of projects across Queensland had come to a halt, some of which received Commonwealth funding more than two years ago.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said despite the Federal Government’s contributions, a number of the Club’s priority projects were unable to progress due to funding shortfalls.

“The Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication and Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A projects are both ready to go, all that’s missing is extra funding,” Dr Michael said.

“We would like to see road and public transport infrastructure that will deliver congestion relief accelerated to provide more sustainable transport options and deliver jobs.”

Dr Michael said all levels of Government needed to work together to resolve funding gaps and deliver projects that were ready to proceed.

“It’s time for the State and Federal Governments to come together to negotiate and agree on construction timelines and fast tracking of projects,” she said.

“Queenslanders deserve a continuous and accelerated stream of infrastructure projects.”

RACQ’s full list of transport priorities were detailed in Mobility Matters.