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2016-17 QLD Budget: record funding boost for roads and transport

The latest Queensland Budget sees an investment of more than $20 billion in state road and transport projects over four years.

The latest Queensland Budget sees an investment of more than $20 billion in state road and transport projects over four years.The Palaszczuk Government is delivering record funding for road and transport projects in the 2016-17 State Budget, investing more than $20 billion over four years.

Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe and Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said in a joint statement that the program was the largest in five years and would support more than 15,900 jobs over the next four years.

Mr. Hinchliffe said the $20.02 billion funding under the Queensland Transport and Road Investment Program (QTRIP) was a massive investment in Queensland’s transport future and job creation.

“The 2016-17 Budget delivers a better public transport system for South East Queensland and includes a $50 million funding injection for Queensland’s number-one infrastructure priority project, Cross River Rail, to take the project to the next level.

“In order to prepare for Cross River Rail the Budget also delivers $634 million for stage one of the project, a new European Train Control System (ETCS), which will improve network capacity and allow more trains and commuters on our network.”

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 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,” he said.

The government is also investing $89 million for road safety programs, road accident injury rehabilitation and safety upgrades, funded through the Camera Detected Offence Program

Major spending includes an additional $96.5 million towards road projects in Northern Queensland such as the Gregory Developmental Road and Cape River Bridge upgrades.

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

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