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Queensland budget delivers $37.4 billion transport investment program

ATN takes you inside the many big transport funding announcements made in this year’s Queensland state budget

The Queensland budget for 2024-25 has been unveiled and there’s lots of money being provided for the state’s transport industry.

The headline is a record $37.4 billion Queensland Transport and Roads Investment (QTRIP) program that will run over four years to prioritise safety, reliability, resilience, accessibility and regional connectivity.

The majority of this will be delivered outside of the metropolitan Brisbane region, with $21.19 billion going to projects outside of the area.

Through the road budget, $11.5 billion will be spent around the state on road safety and maintenance.

“Queensland has the biggest road network of any state in Australia, and now we have the biggest ever road and transport investment in the state’s history,” Queensland premier Steven Miles says.

“This isn’t just about building roads and rail – it’s about creating jobs in every community, across the state.

“In my community in Moreton Bay, we have big upgrades to the Bruce Highway on their way. With Cross River Rail on the horizon, there will be even better connections from Brisbane’s north to the city and the southside.

“My government is doing what matters to keep Queensland moving.”

The investment will support 28,000 jobs across Queensland throughout the program’s four-year delivery, with major investments in transport projects set for delivery in that timeframe, including on the Bruce Highway, Coomera Connector, Gold Coast Light Rail and Sunshine Coast Direct Rail.

Miles says the state government’s focus is to provide Queensland with a steady uplift in road, rail and public transport infrastructure that offers value-for-money and maintains pace with growth.

Major investments include $3.026 billion for stage one of the Coomera Connector project from Coomera to Nerang, $1.5 billion on the Pacific Motorway and $5.23 billion in road maintenance.

A further $1.892 billion will go towards road safety infrastructure funded by the Camera Detected Offence Program, while the Bruce Highway’s numerous upgrades will receive a total of $1.971 billion $1 billion will go towards the Gateway Motorway upgrade.

In terms of rail projects, the Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail will receive $5.75 billion in funding, while the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line gets $5.5 billion.

Further funding will go to the Bruce Highway for future priorities, as well as a $182 million funding commitment to the Outback Way.

Finally, $1 billion has been committed to the Inland Freight Route, which has left the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) satisfied despite some omissions.

“Recent federal funding for the Inland Freight Route is good, but Queensland needs more money for key infrastructure investments for Bremer River Bridge in the south and Barron River Bridge in the north,” the QTA says on X.

“Let’s not forget how much produce comes from the north along key freight routes.

“The Queensland state budget announcement on registration discount brings no relief for road freight, with discounts only applying to light vehicles. Rising costs are impacting businesses too, which flows onto customers.”

Queensland transport and main roads minister Bart Mellish says the government is investing in getting people home sooner and safer.

“This QTRIP is a responsible, sustainable investment program that ensures we can continue to deliver on Queensland’s top transport priorities,” Mellish says.

“We all know the market is tough – inflation is creating significant challenges for projects all over the country.

“This is a value-for-money QTRIP, with a big focus on where it matters – safety, reliability, resilience, accessibility and regional connectivity.”

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