Queensland’s peak motoring body, the RACQ, has applauded the Federal budget for more than $4 billion in funding for new projects to improve road safety and congestion in the state.
An extra $1.7 billion will also be received for road and rail upgrades, with allocations for important south east Queensland issues like urban congestion, and much needed stages of the M1 and Gateway Motorways.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael says the budget will hopefully see projects start and finish.
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“Last year we saw programs announced but this year we’re seeing real dollars put forward so regional projects under the Roads of Strategic Importance package get off the ground.
“Queenslanders will also be in safer hands with the establishment of the Office of Road Safety as part of the $2.2 billion pledge for national road safety.”
However, Ms Michael says the RACQ is disappointed that no funding has been allocated for the Cross River Rail project.
“While Cross River Rail has missed out, the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade is finally on track with initial funding secured.
“There’ll also be further benefits through the Commuter Car Park Fund which will see improvements at Mango Hill and Ferny Grove,” Ms Michael said.
Dr Michael said the Club urged all sides of politics and all levels of government to support improved infrastructure spending.
“Come Federal Election time, we expect all major parties to prioritise infrastructure to save Queensland lives.”
A full list of RACQ’s priorities can be seen here.