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Brisbane corridor is Queensland’s big winner

<p>Brisbane’s urban road corridor is Queensland’s biggest winner in AusLink, pocketing $627m over five years to improve links around the state’s capital city.</p> <p>Road will take the lion’s share of the Federal Government’s total investment in Queensland of $1.463bn over the next five years.</p> <p>The $627m for urban road links in Brisbane will be spent on integrating the Pacific Motorway, the Gateway Motorway and bridge and the Logon Motorway taking the Brisbane-Ipswich link from six lanes to eight lanes and upgrading the Ipswich Motorway.</p> <p>Another $430m will be spent on the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns, a figure that will include $1m for the Gladstone Port access road.</p> <p>The state will get $196.3m for widening the Caboolture section of the Bruce Highway and $120m for the construction of the Tugun bypass.</p> <p>It will also benefit from the $450m to be spent on the Brisbane-Sydney rail line, although it is not known what portion of that money will need to be spent in Queensland.</p> <p>Although the Federal Government identifies the Brisbane-Townsville link under its AusLink national network, it notes that: "It is the Queensland Government’s responsibility to continue the upgrading of the North Coast railway from Brisbane to Townsville." </p> <br />