RACQ named upgrades to the Centenary Motorway, the acceleration of Pacific Motorway upgrades and delivery of a Railway Level Crossing Upgrade Program the highest priorities and projects it wanted funding commitments for before Queenslanders headed to the polls.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said with the country in recession, an investment in infrastructure and road safety works solved more than just our economic woes.
“Now more than ever we need a pipeline of projects in the works to stimulate our economy, create jobs, improve road safety and ultimately improve the lives of Queenslanders by increasing the reliability and efficiency of our transport system,” Dr Michael said.
“The Centenary Motorway is one of the slowest motorway commutes in south east Queensland. We want to see all parties commit to fixing the entire stretch from Legacy Way to the Ipswich Motorway.
“We want funding to be accelerated for the final stage of the Pacific Motorway upgrade from Daisy Hill to Logan, so work can start when the Springwood to Daisy Hill section is complete.
“We know railway level crossings are real choke points across the city and are a constant source of frustration and delay for motorists. Removing them would lead to less congestion and deliver safety benefits for motorists and commuters.
“The Kuraby to Beenleigh rail line upgrade and the Springfield to Ipswich mass transit project also need to be on the agenda to meet the high population growth in these areas.”
Dr Michael said the Club would like to see increased funding commitments for safe cycling infrastructure and road safety initiatives, including a mass action program of low-cost, high benefit safety upgrades across the State to achieve a minimum 30 percent reduction in fatal and serious injuries by 2030.
“We’ve lost too many lives on the State’s roads this year already. Small investments into works like wide centre lines, central and roadside safety barriers and intersection upgrades go a long way to helping make our roads safer for all Queenslanders,” she said.
“Queenslanders need to ensure they’re considering where their political vote goes and whether their candidate is willing to commit to improve Queenslanders’ lives and mobility options.”
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