Building Queensland's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century
BUDGET INFRA 04/2014
13 May 2014
Media Release Issued by:
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Abbott Government has made a record $13.4 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for Queensland.
The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.
The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for Queensland.
Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.
Better roads mean less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.
The Abbott Government's investment in Queensland will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.
Queensland projects include:
- Bruce Highway: 45 new projects or programmes of works on the Bruce Highway, plus funding to complete 16 ongoing projects through the 10 year Fix the Bruce Highway plan to improve the safety and reliability of the Highway for all users.
- Federal contribution: $6.7 billion
- Gateway Motorway North: Realignment, widening and upgrade of 11.3 kilometres of the Gateway Motorway in Brisbane between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge to improve safety and ease congestion.
- Federal contribution: $929.6 million
- Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: Construction of a bypass to the north of Toowoomba, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east, to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west.
- Federal contribution up to $1.285 billion
- Warrego Highway: works on the Warrego Highway, delivering pavement widening and lane duplication, additional overtaking lanes and intersection safety upgrades.
- Federal contribution: $508 million
$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $696.8 million for Queensland.
Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spots projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.
The funds for Queensland make up one of the largest shares of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.
The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.
Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.
Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.
|KEY PROJECTS||TOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19
||3594.3||Brisbane to Cairns|
|Cape York Region Package
|Cloncurry Heavy Vehicle Bypass
||16.0||Caboolture to Kilcoy|
|Gateway Motorway North
|Gateway Motorway North (Nudgee Road to the Bruce Highway)
|Gateway Motorway South ( Mt. Gravatt-Capalaba Road to the Pacific Motorway)
|Gladstone Port Access Road
|Interchange at Mains and Kessels Road
|Ipswich Motorway—Darra to Rocklea
||279.0||Darra to Rocklea|
|Ipswich Motorway—Dinmore to Goodna
||3.1||Dinmore to Goodna|
|Kin Kora Roundabout
|Kirrama Range Road
|Legacy Way Tunnel
|Managed Motorways â€“ Gateway Motorway to Caboolture
||17.4||Brisbane to Caboolture|
|Moreton Bay Rail Link
|Old Toogoom Road, Hervey Bay
|Peak Downs Highway
|River Heads Road, Hervey Bay
|Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
||508.0||Toowoomba to Miles|
|Wooloowin and Milton intersections, Brisbane
||11.0||Central West Queensland|