LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has today pledged to bust congestion in Southeast Queensland by planning for new major road corridors to ensure infrastructure keeps pace with population growth.
“Congestion in Southeast Queensland is getting worse every day and Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have no long-term plans to fix congestion,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Whether it’s Gympie Rd in the north, the Centenary Motorway to the west, or Old Cleveland Road in the east, bottlenecks in Brisbane are severe and only getting worse.
“Commuters are spending too long in traffic, which means millions of dollars in lost productivity and people missing out on time that should have been spent with family.
“We can’t just keep adding lanes to our existing main roads – it’s time for a comprehensive look at new road corridors.
“We will work with SEQ Council of Mayors to better plan for the future and bust congestion in the Southeast.
“This is about planning for the future.”
LNP Shadow Minister for Main Roads Steve Minnikin said the Palaszczuk Labor Government simply isn’t planning for the two million extra people set to call Southeast Queensland home in the next two decades.
“With more people comes more pressure on existing infrastructure like local roads, schools and hospitals,” Mr Minnikin said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have underspent the capital infrastructure budget by $3 billion a year, and cut the road budget by over $400 million in the last year alone.
“Road congestion is getting worse under Labor.
“We need an infrastructure plan that works to address Labor’s lack of planning and provides a clear road network for the future.
“The LNP is committed to working with local governments to investigate active travel opportunities to free up existing road networks.
“The LNP is determined to bust congestion so that we can all get home sooner and safer.”
“This is part of our comprehensive plan to bust congestion for motorists and plan for future growth.”
In their Integrated Transport Planning Report the Queensland Audit Office recently identified:
- As at 30 June 2017, the Government has a $4 billion renewal infrastructure investment backlog for its road network, which is estimated to blow out to more than $9 billion over the next 10 years.
- This deficit in essential infrastructure investment will affect the Government’s ability to meet minimum performance targets, it will compromise service standards; and it will require DTMR to reprioritise works to address safety-related defects on its network at the expense of works to renew its asset
- In the Government’s ShapingSEQ plan it boasts that there will be reduction in average travel times – when in reality, the Audit Office has revealed instead of decreasing travel times, the model actually forecasts an increase of about 30 per cent in average travel time for private vehicles.
Source: Queensland Audit Office, Integrated transport planning (Report 4: 2017-18), December 2017