After an election campaign where big promises were made, the Queensland government has announced how much it will spend.
Queensland’s hard line has come down after 250 days for Sydney and Victoria residents, and brings welcome news for families and friends looking to be reunited before the Christmas holidays.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk watches as Treasurer Cameron Dick unveils the 2020/21 budget, which includes heavy transportation spending. Image: Dan Peled Source: AAP
Queensland commuters, freight drivers, and tourists alike will benefit from billions of dollars in the billions of dollars in transportation expenses.
Southeast Queensland will be the big winner, with huge investments being made along the rail corridor, on the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, local rail lines on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and modernizations along the Bruce Highway growth should gear.
The rest of the state has not been forgotten, with a multi-billion dollar Bruce Highway capital program in favor of the cities between Cairns and Brisbane and rail investment for the regional network.
As promised in the campaign, Queenslanders will be on board 20 new trains by 2025, each with a stamp that has not been seen in more than a decade – Made in Queensland – and construction is scheduled to begin in Maryborough.
In total, the government will spend $ 6. 3 billion in « transformative transportation infrastructure » including $ 1. 5 billion to continue construction on the Cross River Rail.
The Queensland government has allocated $ 600 million for its $ 1 billion 10-year commitment to rebuild trains in Queensland. Image: John McCutcheon. Source: News Regional Media
The 2020-21 budget provides $ 600 million for the government’s 10-year commitment of $ 1 billion to rebuild trains in the state. In total, the government will. Spend $ 35 million on the project June 2021.
« For the first time in a decade, we will ensure that our state’s trains bear the proudest stamp of all . . . Made in Queensland, « said Treasurer Cameron Dick.
The government will also continue its 10-year pipeline of manufacturing work in Maryborough to renovate and maintain the existing Queensland railway fleet.
In addition to the $ 600 million 10-year package that the government invested in building 20 new trains, it will also consider the option of building an additional 45 trains to complement the to satisfy further network demand.
The Queensland government will provide $ 1 million for a business case to modernize long distance transportation. Source: News Regional Media
The budget also includes funds for the revitalization of rail manufacturing in Rockhampton to secure land for the development of a rail maintenance, manufacturing and logistics center that can support local suppliers in the manufacture of components for Queensland built trains.
Further commitments include the continuation of work amounting to 85 million. USD to improve disability accessibility for the new generation Rollingstock fleet.
The government will consider further investments in train tourism and provide $ 1 million for a business case to replace the cars for the Westlander, Inlander and Spirit of the Outback long-distance services.
The Cross River Rail continues to be one of the largest transportation investments in Queensland. Image: NCA NewsWire / Tertius Pickard Source: News Corp Australia
The Cross River Rail will continue to be a primary beneficiary of the Queensland government’s transportation spending at $ 1. 5 billion should be before the 30th. June 2021 will be spent on the project.
Cross River Rail, construction started in 2019, will increase network capacity along the new 10. 2 km subway line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills. As part of the project, three new train stations will be built on the Gold Coast and eight above-ground train stations will be modernized.
Throughout construction, the project will support 7,700 full-time positions and 450 training and internship opportunities.
QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the investment in the Gold Coast Light Rail ahead of the election campaign. Image: Tertius Pickard Source: News Corp Australia
The shores of Gold and Sunshine will benefit from the transportation spending, with the government investing $ 50. 4 million of the $ 709. A total of 9 million spending on joint funding of the third stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail, which runs trams south to Burleigh.
Gold Coast residents and tourists have come one step closer to completing Stage 3A of the Gold Coast Light Rail, which will extend the route from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads. The government has provided $ 709. Joint financing of 9 million. EUR with an estimated investment of 50 million. USD in the period 2020-21.
On the Sunshine Coast, work is continuing on the 550 US dollars. 8 million. jointly funded North Coast Rail Line between Beerburrum and Nambour, with at least $ 38 million to be spent this year.
The government will spend $ 38 on the Sunshine Coast. 9 million out of $ 550. 8 million. Total expenses for joint financing of the upgrade from North Coast Line – Beerburrum to Nambour Rail.
Major growth corridors along the Bruce and M1 freeways will benefit from extensive work and upgrades. Image: Richard WalkerSource: News Corp Australia
At least 150. 000 vehicles per day benefit from the expansion project between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill. 000 heavy vehicles is used.
The extension of the route from six to eight lines should be completed in 2024 and is expected to be 750 million. USD 94 million. USD will be spent this year.
The Queensland government will invest more than $ 715 million in Bruce Highway projects in 2020-21. Image: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled Source: News Corp Australia
An upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, from the 85. Benefiting from 000 vehicles a day, including 7,500 heavy vehicles, costs $ 1 billion, with $ 145 million to be spent this fiscal year.
Along the east coast, the Queensland government will continue to work with the Australian government to implement the Bruce Highway upgrade program, which will benefit the entire 1,700 kilometers from Brisbane to Cairns.
Secretary of Transportation Mark Bailey said the Bruce Highway remains a major government focus with 33 major projects ongoing.
« We’re continuing to deliver the jointly funded $ 12. A 15-year $ 6 million upgrade program, including a $ 100 million federally funded add-on to help improve safety, flood immunity and capacity along this vital Brisbane-Cairns link » , he said.
The Capital Program 2020-21 includes investments in several key projects along the highway, namely $ 1. 065 billion. for Rockhampton Ring Road, $ 932. 2 meters to expand the freeway to six lanes between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway, $ 662. 5 m to upgrade the freeway from four to six lanes between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way.
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