RACQ unveils $12.4b election plan to get Qld moving

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RACQ has joined with Australia’s other motoring clubs to call on all political parties and candidates to put transport spending at the centre of the country’s COVID-19 recovery and the 2022 federal election campaign.

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The Queensland part of the national plan calls for an extra $12.4 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next four years to get the Sunshine State moving, while creating more than 62,000 new jobs and adding $36 billion to the economy.

Chief Executive Officer David Carter said ensuring motorists were safe on Queensland roads was the Club’s number one priority.

“Since the last federal election more than 740 people have been killed on Queensland roads and thousands more have been injured. These deaths and injuries are preventable and more needs to be done to keep Queenslanders and their families safe,” Mr Carter said. 

“Our almost 1.8 million members care about safe, sustainable and resilient mobility. All we are asking for is Queensland’s fair share so we can get our roads, highways, and transport back on track especially in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

“Some of the key projects include a 50% increase in funding to fast-track Bruce Highway projects, extra money to further the second M1, major urban motorway upgrades to address congestion on the Centenary Motorway, Ipswich Motorway, Gateway Motorway and Mount Lindesay Highway, and more electric vehicle charging infrastructure.” 

To help pay for this plan, RACQ is calling for the $13 billion motorists pay each year in net fuel excise to be fully reinvested back into transport infrastructure.

RACQ’s priorities for Queensland over the next four years include:
$10.3 billion for road, motorway, and inland highway upgrades
$900 million to expand the national electric vehicle fast-charging network 
$810 million for rail infrastructure and railway level crossing upgrades
$400 million for cycling and active transport, including Brisbane Green Bridges 

RACQ’s priority projects have been chosen through the Club’s extensive research, including member and technical surveys, AusRAP/crash analysis, traffic and transport modelling projects and ongoing engagement with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

For more information about RACQ’s priority projects for Queensland visit: www.racq.com.au/qldmatters.

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