The Honourable Jackie Trad
Minister for Transport
Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
Minister for Trade
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Minister for Energy and Water Supply
More than $18.8 billion will be invested in Queensland’s overall transport infrastructure in the next four years under Queensland Transport and Road Investment Program (QTRIP) - the state’s program of planned works.
QTRIP outlines planned spending on roads, rail, marine, public transport and active transport infrastructure and will sustain almost 15,000 jobs over the same period, at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said the 2015-16 State Budget outlined a plan to improve transport infrastructure and invest in Queensland’s future.
“The Palaszczuk Government is investing in our state’s roads and public transport network to reduce congestion and improve safety, services and infrastructure for all Queenslanders,” Ms Trad said.
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said investment in the roads, road safety and maritime component of QTRIP totalled $14.9 billion.
“In a vast state like Queensland, motorists rely on a safe and reliable road network, particularly in regional areas where roads are the lifeblood of many communities,” he said.
“We have significantly increased the 50:50 state/local government Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme funding by $60 million over two years, and brought it forward by a year to provide much needed support for local infrastructure and jobs.”
Mr Bailey said QTRIP also included the Palaszczuk Government’s boatie election commitment to extend the Marine Infrastructure Fund by an additional $30 million over the next three years to support small marine projects such as boat ramps, pontoons and jetties.
Road project highlights for the 2015-16 State Budget delivered under QTRIP include:
Public transport project highlights for the 2015-16 State Budget delivered under QTRIP include:
Other key Budget features include:
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the importance of a safe and reliable road network and our planned investment will deliver on our election promises and ensure that safety continues to be maintained on the state’s roads,” Mr Bailey said.
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