Jun 14, 2016

Budget delivers $20b for transport network

Budget delivers $20b for transport network Image: Shutterstock

The State Budget delivered today has earmarked more than $20 billion for Queensland roads and other transport projects over four years.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said this would include an additional $96.5 million towards a number of projects in northern Queensland, including $76.9 million to upgrade the Gregory Developmental Rd and Cape River Bridge and $19.6 million to contribute to sealing the Hann Highway.

Statewide the spending would support more than 15,900 jobs over the next four years, he said.

The 2016-17 Budget includes $684 million for the Cross River Rail project, including funding for a new European Train Control System (ETCS) to improve network capacity.

Mr Bailey said the Budget included an additional $90 million over three years to the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) to upgrade and build local infrastructure regional communities.

“This program provides much needed support for local infrastructure and jobs, when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Bailey said.

“This boost takes our TIDS investment to $70 million per year to upgrade road infrastructure of regional significance and support jobs throughout rural and regional Queensland.”

“We’re also investing $89 million for road safety programs, road accident injury rehabilitation and safety upgrades, funded through the Camera Detected Offence Program (CDOP).”
• Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) – $20.02 billion over four years ($4.6 billion for 2016-17 year)
• Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) – an additional $90 million over three years from 2017-18
• Camera Detected Offences Program (CDOP) – $89 million for road safety programs over three years from 2016-17
• Transport and Tourism Connections program – $10 million

QTRIP Projects: 
• Toowoomba Range Crossing – $1.6 billion
• Four-lane realignment of Bruce Highway from Traveston Road to Keefton Road, Gympie, Cooroy to Curra (Section C) – $384.2 million
• Townsville Ring Road – $200 million
• Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea to Darra) Stage 1 – $88.4 million towards
• Gregory Developmental Road, including Cape River Bridge – $76.9 million
• Cross River Rail Delivery Authority – $50 million
• M1 – Gateway Motorway merge upgrade (southbound lanes) – $42 million
• Hann Highway – $19.6 million
• Transport and Tourism Connections program – $10 million