Improved Queensland highway funding is on the election agenda.
Improved Queensland highway funding is on the election agenda.

Getting Queensland road fit again

IF Queensland was a person, its highways would be its lifeblood, keeping our economy pumping.

Looking at a map, it's obvious how important they are to a decentralised population spread over large distances.

But for some time now, Queensland's been on a junk food diet, with many of our highways and transport infrastructure simply unfit and unsafe.  

So it's pleasing that both major parties have pledged to getting Queensland and its highways in shape again, making significant commitments to road and rail projects.

It's not quite boot camp but it's a step in the right direction for industries, such as agriculture, mining and tourism that rely so heavily on a good quality road network, not to mention the safety of motorists.

That's why the Federal election this Saturday is so important for Queensland's long-term health.

To help you decide, RACQ has outlined the major motoring-related commitments each party has made during the election campaign.

Will the pledges be enough to get Queensland back in shape? The power for change is in the hands of voters.

For more information on motoring-related election commitments, visit www.demandbetterroads.com.au

 

 Project

 Estimated Funding  Cost

 Labor  Commitment

 Coalition   Commitment

 Bruce Highway

 $11b

 $4.1b over

 10 years

 $6.7b over

 10 years

 Gateway Upgrade  North

 $1.3b

 $718m

 $1b

 Cross River Rail

 $5.3b

 $715m initial  investment

 Zero

 Ipswich Motorway -

 Darra to Rocklea

 $558m

 $279 m

 $279m

 Toowoomba

 Second Range  Crossing

 $1.6b

 Zero

 $700m

 Warrego Highway

 $835m approx 

 $317.5 m

 $508m

 Peak Downs  Highway

 $200m approx.

 $120 m

 Zero

 High Speed Rail

 

$52m

 Zero

 Estimated Total  Spend

 

 $6.3b

 $9.2b



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