Congestion in southeast Queensland is worsening and Annastacia Palaszczuk has no plan to fix it.
Queenslanders are sitting in growing traffic on the way to work and it’s taking longer to get back home to our families each evening.
Meanwhile, Labor’s Rail Fail means more commuters are getting back into their cars because they don’t know whether their train will turn up.
Labor’s budget statements show that in the morning peak 22 per cent of our roads have unreliable travel times, while in the evening 28 per cent of our road network is classed as unreliable.
In the evenings, 33 per cent of our roads are classified as unproductive – congestion is impacting on small businesses and commuters alike.
The only explanation for the worsening congestion is that the Palaszczuk Labor Government has cut roads funding this year to the tune of $65 million in SEQ and $400 million across the state.
Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t have a plan to look at alternative routes so people can get home sooner.
The LNP has a strong track record in building the congestion-busting infrastructure we desperately need.
As part of an $8.5 billion, 10-year Action Plan we funded upgrades to the Bruce Highway including from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway and interchanges at Maroochydore Road and Pumicestone Road.
After years of delays, the previous LNP Government funded and started the Gateway Motorway Upgrade North project and the upgrade of Exit 54 on the Pacific Motorway at Coomera.
Other congestion busting initiatives of the LNP Government included:
- $280 million Rail Overpasses at Robinson Road, Geebung and Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge
- $55 million additional lane upgrade to the Western Freeway between Toowong and Indooroopilly
- Additional lanes on the Centenary Highway
- Maintenance program for the ageing Riverside Expressway, and
- Increased capacity by removing T2 lanes on the Pacific Motorway between Klumpp Road and the Gateway Motorway and on the Gold Coast Highway.
OUR REAL PLAN
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will investigate alternative routes for SEQ’s major arterial roads such as the Pacific Motorway, Centenary Motorway and Bruce Highway.
A comprehensive audit of existing alternative road corridors hasn’t been done in the last decade. The LNP will take a leadership role and work with local councils on an audit to tackle the congestion currently choking SEQ. Many local governments have plans for alternative routes but a holistic regional plan is required.
The LNP will start the planning to provide alternative routes, so Queenslanders can get home safer and sooner. We can’t just keep adding lanes to our main arterial roads; it’s time for a comprehensive look at alternative routes.
The first step is getting construction started on the current upgrades which the Palaszczuk Labor Government have dragged their feet on – the Gateway merge and between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes on the Pacific Motorway as well as upgrading the Bruce from Caboolture to Caloundra. Our real solution is needed to address growing congestion issues in the southeast.
With congestion worsening on our major highways and the train system unreliable due to Labor’s mismanagement, we need to begin planning and building new major transport routes.
South-east Queensland needs an alternative to the M1 and the Bruce Highway to ensure motorists can still get to work and home when there’s an accident, flooding or congestion.
This long-term planning will support the growth of the region – it’s clear that the single routes to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts are reaching breaking point.
Any proposed new routes will be staged, to allow capacity increases to be gradually rolled out in line with growth and need. The community and local government will be consulted throughout the process, this isn’t about government just drawing lines on a map.
Only the LNP will plan for the future and build the roads and congestion-busting infrastructure Queensland needs.