Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington today unveiled the first part of her plan to bust congestion, pledging to invest $1.4 billion in $3.1 billion worth of projects in southeast Queensland.
Ms Frecklington said the state’s most congested roads from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast would be overhauled if elected Premier in 2020.
“This $1.4 billion commitment is just part of my plan to get Queensland’s motorists moving again,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Our roads connect people to every major point in Queensland – businesses, schools, airports, hospitals, ports and train stations.
“Roads are economic spines and when they are blocked, Queensland suffers.
“Congestion not only costs businesses billions of dollars a year but denies Queenslanders time at home with their family and strangles our lifestyles.
“The LNP’s plan for road infrastructure includes a $1 billion contribution to upgrade the M1, $250 million for a second M1 and $132.5 million for the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast.”
Ms Frecklington said busting congestion was her number one priority.
“There’s already $1 billion on the table for M1 upgrades from both sides of federal politics, which means our busiest road is guaranteed $2 billion under an LNP State Government,” she said.
“In stark contrast to Annastacia Palaszczuk, upgrades to the M1 are just the beginning of my plan to bust congestion on our busiest road.
“I’ve listened to Queenslanders and we must plan for the future, which is why as Premier I would invest a further $250 million to start work on a second M1.
“A second M1 is part of the LNP’s plan for the future. A four lane arterial road would function as an important alternative to the existing Pacific Motorway.”
The 36.5km corridor for a second M1 stretches from Stapylton-Jacobs Well Rd at Staplyton to Nerang-Broadbeach Rd in Nerang and would require $250 million in Federal funding as well (total project value is $500 million).
Ms Frecklington said the $132.5 million contribution to upgrade the Bruce Highway from Pine Rivers to Caloundra would reinforce $530 million already committed by the Federal Government (total project value is $662.5 million).
“The LNP would build a six lane corridor from Caboolture to Caloundra and fix this road,” she said.
“The total value of these congestion-busting road projects is more than $3.1 billion.
“It’s time to stop dithering and start delivering.”