LABOR COMMITS TO MAJOR ROAD UPGRADE

BILL SHORTEN MP.
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LABOR COMMITS TO MAJOR ROAD UPGRADE
BILL SHORTEN MP
A Shorten Labor Government would reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety on Brisbane’s Northside with a major $1.5 billion package of upgrades along the Gateway Motorway and surrounding sections of the Bruce Highway. 
 
This important work would upgrade the Gateway Motorway from Bracken Ridge to the Pine River and continue the upgrade of the Bruce through Brisbane’s growing northern suburbs towards Caboolture.
 
The projects will create thousands of jobs for Queenslanders and dramatically improve road safety for motorists.
 
The Gateway work would widen the road from four to six lanes, complementing the recently completed Gateway North project, which was first identified and funded by the former Federal Labor Government.
 
The project will also incorporate Intelligent Transport Systems including variable speed limit signage, variable messaging signs, traffic monitoring cameras and ramp metering.
 
The application of this technology will improve traffic flow along the motorway.
 
On the Bruce Highway, we would prioritise the critical section between the intersection with the Gateway Motorway and Dohles Rocks Road.
 
The work would include a new bridge over the Pine River and up to four new collector roads to take local traffic off the highway, making more room for motorists and truck drivers heading north toward Caboolture and south into the City.
 
The road investments will make a real impact on the traffic congestion that the Federal LNP Government has ignored during their six years of cuts and chaos.
 
Critically, this investment in South East Queensland’s road infrastructure is in addition to Federal Labor’s commitment to invest $2.24 billion in the Cross River Rail project, which will expand the capacity and improve the reliability of the region’s rail network.
 
Labor understands that the only way we keep our big cities like Brisbane moving is for governments to invest in both their rail and road infrastructure.
 
We would build better roads, but also make public transport a convenient alternative, creating an integrated transport system capable of handling our nation’s ongoing population growth.
 
While the LNP Budget has pushed much of its infrastructure investment off into the Never-Never, a Labor Government would allocate funding for these important rail and road projects in our very first Budget.

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