QLD State Budget 2019-20 invests $23bn for road, rail and transport infrastructure

Monica Gameng   |   June 11, 2019

A record $23 billion has been invested through the Queensland Budget 2019-20 to support more than 21,500 local jobs as well as deliver roads and transport infrastructure over the next four years.

This budget include the $14.5 billion Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 2019-20 to 2022-23 that will continue the State Government’s focus on job-creating infrastructure, particularly in regional Queensland.

“Regional Queensland is the big winner in this infrastructure budget because Queensland’s regional towns and cities are the engine room of our State’s economy.

“When our regions thrive, Queensland thrives, so this budget will ensure tens of thousands of jobs are created in the regions, supporting population growth and economic development,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

Mr Bailey added that the significant budget will also deliver congestion-busting projects to get Queenslanders to spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends.

Over $900 million has also been allocated to deliver targeted upgrades that will ensure safer roads.

A $160.8 million fund for the North Coast Line will be included in a multi-billion dollar investment for rail and passenger transport infrastructure as well.

“Funding is in this budget to upgrade the North Coast Line, and we will deliver station upgrades and other network improvements while Cross River Rail is being delivered,” Mr Bailey said.

The massive $23 billion investment is set to deliver roads and rail projects, public transport and bike-riding infrastructure projects as well as maritime project. The list below are the projects funded through this record funding.

Major roads projects - including projects jointly funded with the Australian Government

  • $1.03 billion to widen the Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun
  • $1 billion to extend the Gateway Motorway between Bracken Ridge and Pine River
  • $1 billion for the Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra (Section D)
  • $812.9 million to widen Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, and upgrading the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges
  • $749 million for road widening and busway extension along the Pacific Motorway between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill
  • $662.5 million to widen the Bruce Highway from Pine River to Caloundra Road
  • $514.3 million to upgrade the Haughton River Floodplain on the Bruce Highway between Horseshoe Lagoon and Palm Creek
  • $497.4 million to build the Mackay Ring Road Stage 1
  • $481 million to build the Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3
  • $400 million to upgrade the Ipswich Motorway - Rocklea to Darra Stage 1
  • $301.3 million to build the Maroochydore Road Interchange Upgrade Stage 1
  • $197.5 million to widen the Pacific Motorway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes
  • $195.3 million to build additional southbound lanes on the merge between the Gateway Motorway and the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale
  • $189.3 million to upgrade the Peak Downs Highway at Eton Range
  • $180 million to build the Bruce Highway - Townsville Ring Road Stage 5
  • $152 million to build the Smithfield Bypass project between McGregor Road and Caravonica roundabouts in Cairns
  • $150 million to build the Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade on the Bruce Highway
  • $146.3 million for the Pacific Motorway interchange upgrades at Exits 41 and 49
  • $121 million to duplicate the Bruce Highway Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade Stage 1 between Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road and Parkhurst
  • $110.6 million to build additional lanes on the Bruce Highway between Ron Camm Bridge and Mackay Ring Road Stage 1, as part of the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade
  • $104.1 million to build the Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 4 between Kate Street and Aumuller Street
  • $80 million to build the Summers Road interchange over the Centenary Motorway
  • $26 million to build the Everton Park Link Road to connect Stafford Road and South Pine Road

Rail Projects

  • $4.156 billion New Generation Rollingstock project
  • $634.4 million European Train Control System - Inner City implementation
  • $298.2 million to upgrade and improve station accessibility at 11 train stations - Strathpine, Boondall, Morayfield, Auchenflower, Southbank, Albion, Cannon Hill, Loganlea, Dakabin, Buranda and East Ipswich
  • $160.8 million from the State Government towards the $550.8 million fund to upgrade the North Coast Line between Beerburrum train station and Nambour train station
  • $120 million for three new railway stations on the Gold Coast, associated with the Cross River Rail project
  • $88.6 million for about 1,500 extra car spaces at eight south-east Queensland train station park ‘n’ rides
  • $87.7 million for the Townsville to Mount Isa Rail Line
  • $68.2 million for the North Coast Line capacity improvement project (passing loops)
  • $57 million to upgrade various stations between Fairfield and Salisbury train stations
  • $5 million to upgrade the Yeppoon Rail Line

Public transport infrastructure projects

  • $250 million for the Inner Northern Busway at Roma Street Station
  • $53 million to build the Northern Transitway project to deliver bus priority measures along Gympie Arterial Road between Sadlier Street and Hamilton Road
  • $22 million for the Eastern Transitway project to deliver bus priority measures along Old Cleveland Road
  • $21 million to deliver 600 new car spaces at Greenbank bus park ‘n’ ride
  • $4.5 million to provide 340 extra spaces at the Eight Mile Plains bus station park ‘n’ ride

Bike-riding infrastructure projects

  • $42.7 million to build the Veloway 1 Cycleway Stage E project between Birdwood Road in Holland Park West and Gaza ROad at Tarragindi
  • $17.2 million to build the North Brisbane Bikeway Stage 2, 3 and 4 between Windsor and Wooloowin
  • $4 million to install on-road bicycle lanes along Logan Road between Levington Road and Kingston Road at Underwood as part of the Veloway 1 Cycleway

Maritime projects

  • $23.3 million to upgrade the Clump Point boating infrastructure at Mission Beach
  • $13.2 million for navigation access and safety initiatives on Gold Coast’s waterways
  • $9 million for dredging to deepen the Molongle Creek channel
  • $4 million to build the Scarborough barge ramp at Scarborough Boat Harbour
  • $3.5 million to build the Shute Harbour Road boating facility
  • $3.5 million for boating infrastructure on Gold Coast’s waterways
  • $1.4 million for Corbetts Landing boat ramp upgrade and floating walkway
  • $1. 5 million to upgrade the Dohles Rocks Road boat ramp

“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work with the Federal Government, local governments and the private sector to ensure this pipeline of investment continues to support Queensland communities and create local jobs,” Mr Bailey said.

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Source: Queensland Government (1, 2); Mirage News

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
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