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Minister welcomes moves for improved road network at Goodna and Redbank.

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Minister Welcomes Moves for Improved Road Network at Goodna and Redbank A162/2001 26th September 2001

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, today welcomed the findings of a traffic study into the Ipswich Motorway, which identifies the need to improve the suburban road network at Goodna and Redbank.

The Federal Government has allocated $64 million to widen the motorway to six lanes between the Logan Motorway and Redbank, but work can’t proceed until Queensland Main Roads completes planning later this year.

Mr Anderson urged an accelerated planning schedule and said the report findings had confirmed a role for state and local governments in complementing the planned motorway improvements with a better system of local roads.

“The Ipswich Motorway is an inter-city and interstate corridor that forms part of the National Highway network funded by the Federal Government.

“Clearly, one of the problems exacerbating congestion on the Ipswich Motorway has been its defacto role as a local road for relatively short journeys by local residents accessing shops, schools, business services and pubic transport,” Mr Anderson said.

“The responsibility for meeting local traffic needs has always rested with state and local governments. There could certainly be benefits if more this traffic can be moved off the motorway onto an improved local road system,” he said.

Mr Anderson called on the State Government and the Ipswich and Brisbane city councils to coordinate the development of off-motorway local road connectors and improved council roads so they become operational about the same time as additional traffic lanes are built on the motorway.

“A whole-of-government solution to the area’s traffic needs is required and the report findings bear this out. I welcome its public release,” Mr Anderson said.

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