Queensland road and rail projects are set to benefit from a $1.9 billion funding boost to fast track projects across the state.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have announced the funding package, which will involve the Federal Government bringing forward nearly $650 million in funding and provide more than $680 million in new funding, with the Queensland Government committing $606 million.
Morrison said he wants the road and rail projects delivered as quickly as possible so Queenslanders can benefit from better infrastructure and to boost the economy.
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“We will bring forward more than $440 million in federal funding on top of the nearly $3.8 billion we will spend across the state over the next 18 months,” he said.
Funding will be brought forward for a total of 20 projects including key upgrades on the M1, Bruce, Warrego and Cunningham Highways and the North Coast Rail Line.
Funding brought forward:
- $225.6 million for Bruce Highway upgrades
- $118.5 million for Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative upgrades
- $94.3 million for M1 Pacific Motorway upgrades
- $90 million for the North Coast Rail Line Upgrade between Beerburrum and Nambour
- $62 million for Stage 3A of the Gold Coast Light Rail project
- $22 million for new upgrades along the Warrego Highway
- $27 million for new upgrades along the Cunningham Highway
- $9 million for road upgrades associated with the Hinkler Regional Deal
- $7 million for the North Brisbane Bruce Highway Western Alternative
Additional federal funding:
- $157 million for Stage 3A of the Gold Coast Light Rail project
New federal funding:
- $400 million for future priorities on the National Network including M1 Interchange Upgrades Exits 41 and 49
- $50 million for the relocation of the Loganlea Station
- $20 million for planning for the Port of Brisbane connection
- $10 million for the development of a business case for the Salisbury to Beaudesert rail line