Queensland Budget delivers $20bn over four years for road and transport projects

THE Queensland Government last week said it is delivering record funding for road and transport projects in the 2016-17 State Budget, investing more than $20 billion over four years including $634 million for stage one of the Cross River Rail project.

Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said the $20.02 billion funding under the Queensland Transport and Road Investment Program (QTRIP) was a massive investment in Queensland's transport future and job creation.

Brisbane, Queensland
Above: Brisbane, Queensland / by Ben Ashmole.

"The Palaszczuk Government's investment in roads, rail, marine, public transport and active transport infrastructure will support more than 15,900 jobs over the life of the program," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"In order to prepare for Cross River Rail the Budget also delivers $634 million for stage one of the project, a new European Train Control System (ETCS), which will improve network capacity and allow more trains and commuters on our network."

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports said the Budget included an additional $90 million over three years to the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) to upgrade and build local infrastructure regional communities.

"This boost takes our TIDS investment to $70 million per year to upgrade road infrastructure of regional significance and support jobs throughout rural and regional Queensland."

"We're also investing $89 million for road safety programs, road accident injury rehabilitation and safety upgrades, funded through the Camera Detected Offence Program (CDOP).

"Reducing the road toll is one of our top priorities and that's why we invest this money back into targeted projects that will save Queenslanders lives."

Mr Bailey said the Queensland Government's Budget showed major funding for road projects throughout Queensland.

"We're providing an additional $96.5 million towards a number of projects in Northern Queensland, including $76.9 million to upgrade the Gregory Developmental Road and Cape River Bridge and $19.6 million to contribute to sealing the Hann Highway."

Photo: 'City Highway Lights, Brisbane, Australia' / Ben Ashmole / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0.

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