Infrastructure and Safety Priority Projects
RACQ advocates for priority transport projects and upgrades to achieve a safe, sustainable, affordable and efficient Queensland transport network. RACQ uses a range of evidence to prioritise and lobby for priority road, public transport, and active transport projects and upgrades, including:
- Traffic, safety and performance data, including the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP)
- Member input and surveys
- Community feedback and reports
RACQ lobbies for the following priority projects to improve the safety and efficiency of Queensland’s transport network.
- Bruce Highway - Commit additional yearly funding (+50%) to fast track all Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (15 year) and Bruce Highway Trust - safety, capacity and flood immunity projects (from $1 billion/year to $1.5 billion/year combined total from Queensland and Australian Governments)
- Pacific Motorway - complete safety and capacity upgrades to eight lanes from Gateway Motorway to Loganholme and deliver funding for comprehensive interchange upgrades (e.g., Exit 38, 45) and Smarter Motorways projects (e.g., ramp metering, VSL) from Brisbane to NSW Border
- Warrego Highway - Commit funding to fast track Warrego Highway additional lanes, safety improvements, interchange upgrades and service road improvements between Ipswich and Toowoomba
- Coomera Connector - develop the Coomera Connector from Logan Motorway to Nerang-Broadbeach Road as a multi-modal corridor to relieve pressure on the M1
- Mount Lindesay Highway - Continue investment and provide additional funding for fast tracking delivery of capacity, safety and flooding upgrades identified in the Mount Lindesay Highway 10-year forward plan (2018-2028)
- Inland Freight Route (Carnarvon, Dawson and Gregory Highways) - Accelerate delivery of safety, capacity and flood immunity improvements along the Inland Highway / Bruce Highway alternative from Mungindi to Charters Towers by bringing forward current funding allocations and committing an additional $500 million to complete the $1 billion project.
- Regional road safety, productivity and maintenance funding improvements - Increase maintenance funding to more adequately maintain, rehabilitate and strengthen Queensland roads for improved resilience and increase investment in low-cost, high impact mass action safety programs to achieve fatal and serious injury reduction targets
Public Transport and Rail
- Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade project - Commit additional funding to fully complete Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade and provide additional investment in construction of the Gold Coast Faster Rail project (Beenleigh to Kuraby)
- Gold Coast light rail and future rail corridors – extend the light rail to Coolangatta and the airport and commit funding for planning and investment in future rail corridor and capacity projects, e.g., Springfield to Ripley/Ipswich Rail Extension, Manly to Cleveland Rail duplication, Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail and faster rail opportunities to the Sunshine Coast (e.g., Beerwah to Maroochydore to Sunshine Coast Airport passenger rail extension and North West (Multi-modal) Transport Corridor)
- Brisbane rail level crossing upgrade program: Boundary Road (Coopers Plains), South Pine Road (Alderley), Cavendish Road (Coorparoo), Warrigal Road (Runcorn), Kianawah Road/Lindum Road (Wynnum West), Beams Road (Carseldine), Wacol Station Road (Wacol)
- Kangaroo Point and Green Bridges Program - Deliver pedestrian and cycle bridge from the Brisbane CBD to Kangaroo Point, and other proposals under the Green Bridges Program
- Principal Cycle Network – Deliver the Principal Cycle Network to provide a connected, high quality, low stress cycle network that safely separates active transport users from vehicles and other road users.
National electric vehicle fast-charging network
- Australian Government investment to assist Queensland expand the electric vehicle fast-charging network to provide public access to EV fast chargers