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The Coalition's plan to reduce traffic congestion in Brisbane and SE Queensland



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The Coalition's plan to reduce traffic congestion in Brisbane & SE Queensland

30th June, 2012

JOINT PRESS RELEASE THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION & THE HON. WARREN TRUSS MHR, LEADER OF THE NATIONALS AND SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT

A Coalition Government will kick-start funding of the Gateway Motorway upgrade with a $1 billion commitment.

The commitment is part of the Coalition’s $4 billion Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion.

Inadequate road infrastructure and traffic congestion are having a negative impact on the productivity of Brisbane and South East Queensland.

Parents are away from their families for longer and businesses and consumers are paying more in transportation costs.

The upgrade of the Gateway Motorway will reduce congestion and improve road safety on the Motorway. It will also expand capacity of the Motorway to cater for the strong population growth that has been occurring in South East Queensland. We recognise that the upgrade is a large project and it will become a reality with a Commonwealth contribution.

We want this project moving within 12 months of an election and we will work closely with the State Government to ensure it happens.

Funding for our major road commitments will be met from the Nation Building programme and responsible budget savings.

The timing of payments for this project will depend on construction progress and will be developed in consultation with the State Government. The first year of funding for the Coalition’s Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion will be 2014-15.

Background

The Queensland and Federal Governments released a draft plan in June 2011 to upgrade the Gateway Motorway from Nudgee to the Bruce Highway. The upgrade aims to reduce congestion and improve traffic safety and efficiency on the motorway.

The draft plan stays within the existing road corridor where possible and reduces the impact on property and the environment. It also provides value for money by making best use of the existing motorway.

The draft plan proposes widening the motorway from four to six lanes from Nudgee to the Deagon Deviation. The Deagon Deviation would also be widened between Depot Road and Bracken Ridge Road to provide two lanes in each direction.

The Gateway Motorway upgrade was listed by Infrastructure Australia as a project with ‘real potential’ in 2011.

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