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More stuntery from Turnbull, but where's the funding for Cross River Rail?

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More Stuntery from Turnbull, but Where's the funding for

Cross River Rail?



April 12, 2018

With Graham Perrett MP

The Turnbull government’s $5 billion “commitment” for a rail line, for which Mr Turnbull

doesn’t even know the route, is more stuntery from him and his government, while

Queensland goes without Cross River Rail money, according to Southside MPs Terri

Butler and Graham Perrett.

“Mr Turnbull’s “commitment” of $5 billion to Victoria for a rail line without a route stands

in stark contrast to his failure to fund Cross River Rail, a fully-planned and evaluated

project in Queensland,” Ms Butler said.

"The Turnbull government has had four years to stand up for Queensland and they have

done nothing," Mr Perrett said.

"The Turnbull Government must commit funding to Brisbane's Cross River Rail, which is

an essential project to reduce congestion in this growing city," he said.

"This critical infrastructure project will add a much-needed second rail crossing of the

Brisbane River in the city's CBD," Ms Butler said.

"The existing Merivale Bridge will reach full capacity in under five years," she said.

"The resulting bottleneck will constrain economic growth in the nation's third largest

city," Mr Perrett said.

In 2013 the former Labor Federal Government committed funding to Cross River Rail,

after the independent Infrastructure Australia rated it as the nation’s highest priority

infrastructure project.

But the incoming Coalition Government cancelled that investment, along with all

Commonwealth investment in public transport that was not already under construction.


"It's time the Prime Minister took practical action to support public transport and reduce

congestion here on the Southside," Mr Perrett said.