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AusLink investing in Australia's transport future.



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The Hon John Anderson Minister for Transport and Regional Development

AusLink Investing in Australia’s Transport Future

A175/2004 9

th December 2004

Funding and planning arrangements for Australia’s road and rail systems will be fundamentally transformed under legislation introduced into Federal Parliament by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson.

Mr Anderson said the AusLink (National Land Transport) Bill will give effect to the most comprehensive programme of investment in national road and rail links ever undertaken in Australia.

“Over 5 years the government will invest $12.5 billion to improve our critically important land transport system, including extensions to the very successful Roads to Recovery and Black Spots programmes.

“Importantly, this Bill signals a move away from the old piecemeal approach to land transport investment, which was based on the needs of single transport modes and single jurisdictions.

“Under AusLink the government will be able to focus on nationally important transport corridors, irrespective of transport mode, incorporating the former National Highway System, the major interstate rail network, other nationally important interstate and interregional transport links, and links to airports and ports.

Major projects to receive AusLink funding include:

• $765 million for further duplication and upgrading of the Pacific Highway in New South Wales and construction of the Tugun Bypass in Queensland;

• $714 million for further duplication and safety works on the Hume Highway including upgrading of the route through Albury and a second Murray River Crossing;

• $1 billion for rail infrastructure, including rail links to ports and a wide range of projects to improve transit times, operational efficiency and service reliability on the Sydney to Brisbane and Sydney to Melbourne interstate railways (an additional $872m is being invested by the Australian Government owned Australian Rail Track Corporation);

• upgrading the Bruce Highway in Queensland to address growing safety and capacity problems and to address problems of flooding in the Tully area;

• development of an integrated solution to major Brisbane urban road links;

• construction of the $186 million Geelong Bypass and $114 million for the further duplication of the Calder Highway in Victoria;

• $170 million for the construction of the Peel Deviation and Kwinana Freeway extension to ease traffic congestion on the Perth- Bunbury route in Western Australia;

• $80 million for the construction of the Port River Expressway and associated road and rail upgrades in South Australia aimed at improving port access and efficiency; and

• replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge in Tasmania.

Mr Anderson said freight and passenger volumes are expected to rise significantly over the next 20 years, and the number of trucks on our roads will double.

“For this reason it is vital we continue to improve the productivity and reliability of our transport networks,”

“Cooperation from state governments is a vital part of AusLink. It is essential the states now sign up to the bilateral agreements which underpin the new AusLink funding arrangements.”

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