Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Legacy Way tunnel opens to traffic today

Media Release

WT190/2015

25 June 2015

Joint release with:

Teresa Gambaro

Federal Member for Brisbane

Jane Prentice

Member for Ryan

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

Brisbane's landmark $1.5 billion Legacy Way tunnel will open to traffic at 9pm tonight.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new 4.6 kilometre twin tunnels will reduce travel time and improve safety for motorists travelling from Brisbane's western suburbs.

“The Legacy Way project is a major investment in the Brisbane road network and an iconic piece of infrastructure for the River City,” Mr Truss said.

“The project has employed thousands of people, involved international companies and created a world-class piece of infrastructure which will serve the people of Brisbane for many decades to come.

“It is a great example of the Australian Government working with Brisbane City Council to improve transport infrastructure in the city.”

Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro said the twin tunnels will increase Queensland's productivity, with commuters saving significant travel time.

“Road users will save up to 14 minutes in travel time, with Legacy Way bypassing seven sets of traffic lights. It features modern traffic signs as well as a state-of-the-art traffic control centre which will give motorists updates on traffic conditions,” Ms Gambaro said.

Federal Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice said: “Residents of suburbs such as Kenmore, Chapel Hill and Indooroopilly will now be able to avoid peak hour congestion and substantially reduce their commute times. At the same time, thousands of cars will be removed from arterial roads such as Milton Road and Coronation Drive.”

Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council, Cr Graham Quirk said he was pleased to see the completion of The Legacy Way tunnel, named in honour of those who served and those who passed away serving in the Australian Defence Force.

“Families of fallen soldiers will benefit from every vehicle that travels the Legacy Way tunnel, through a partnership with the charity Legacy. The tunnel logo and the Legacy torch will raise awareness of the Legacy organisation and be a lasting tribute to those who serve our country,” Cr Quirk said.

“More than 7.3 million work hours by 9,000 people went into constructing Legacy Way, with some 80,000 switches tested during the final commissioning phase.

“Legacy Way is an important new capacity-building addition to Brisbane's road network, which will relieve pressure on other surface roads such as Milton Road and Coronation Drive.”

The Legacy Way project was jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $500 million and Brisbane City Council providing more than $1 billion.