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Will the Ipswich Motorway become permanently gridlocked before the Federal Government acts?



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SENATOR KERRY O’BRIEN SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT

WILL THE IPSWICH MOTORWAY BECOME PERMANENTLY GRIDLOCKED BEFORE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTS? 6 December 2006

An independent study commissioned by the Federal Government has found that the cost of the 8 kilometre northern bypass touted to reduce pressure on the Ipswich Motorway has increased from around $1 billion to $2 billion.

“This report places another hurdle in the way of resolving the major traffic congestion problems faced by the people of Ipswich and south east Queensland more broadly”, said Shadow Minister for Transport Senator Kerry O’Brien.

“The Minister should step in to resolve this issue. South east Queensland is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and it is incumbent on the Federal Government to stop playing politics and work cooperatively with the Queensland state government to find a cost effective solution that can be implemented as soon as possible. The Queensland Government has recommended the widening of the Ipswich Motorway from the current four to six lanes and is willing to work with the Federal Government to achieve this.

“This is a logical solution that could be implemented at a fraction of the cost of the bypass.

“In the interests of all road users in south east Queensland it is time for Minister Vaile to listen to the residents of Ipswich and act to relieve the gridlock before it becomes permanent,” said Senator O’Brien.

6 December 2006

Contact: Kerry O’Brien 0419 007 780 David Tansey 0407 435 624