Transport projects across Queensland will be supercharged by a record level of infrastructure investment, creating jobs and supporting the state’s growing population.
The State Government budget for 2022-2023 includes a $29.7 billion, four-year roads and transport investment plan to support 25,200 jobs.
Transport and Main Roads minister Mark Bailey said the seventh record roads and transport budget in a row is helping to build an even more impressive pipeline of projects.
“Queensland is growing rapidly, with our world leading pandemic response making our state the place to be, but we know we need infrastructure to support this growth and that’s what this budget delivers for Queenslanders,” he said.
Rail-related investment highlights include:
South Coast Region
$5.19 billion investment over four years, including key investments such as:
- $1.21 billion Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 3) Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads (jointly funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast)
- $120 million Queensland Government funding commitment for three new Gold Coast railway stations at Pimpama, Hope Island and Merrimac
$3.85 billion investment over four years, including key investments such as:
- $450 million funding commitment for Brisbane Metro Woolloongabba Station (jointly funded by the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Brisbane City Council)
- $209.3 million Beams Road (Carseldine and Fitzgibbon) rail level crossing upgrade (jointly funded by the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Brisbane City Council)
- $206 million funding for Boundary Road (Coopers Plains) rail level crossing (jointly funded with the Australian Government). Project cost, timing and funding arrangements subject to further planning and negotiations with Brisbane City Council and Australian Government Project (in line with its 2022 Federal Election commitment).
- $125 million Linkfield Road Overpass upgrade (jointly funded with the Australian Government)
North Coast Region
$3.07 billion investment over four years, including key investments such as:
- $550.8 million Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade (Stage 1) (jointly funded with the Australian Government)
- $57 million Strathpine – Samford Road (Eatons Crossing Road and Mount Samson Road) intersection and safety improvements
Includes funding commitments that cross regional/district boundaries that will be prioritised and allocated specific areas over time. Also includes investments that cross regional/district boundaries and investments delivered on a statewide basis.
- $2.59 billion Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail (Kuraby to Beenleigh) upgrade (jointly funded with the Australian Government)
- $1 billion funding commitment towards upgrades of the Inland Freight Route (Charters Towers to Mungindi) (jointly funded with the Australian Government). project details and timing subject to negotiation with Australian Government.
- $600 million Queensland Train Manufacturing Program which forms part of the $7.1 billion to boost Queensland’s train manufacturing industry and build and operate 65 trains
- $544.5 million for the Warrego Highway (jointly funded with the Australian Government). Project details and timing subject to further planning and negotiation with the Australian Government. The Queensland Governments initial priority is upgrading the Mount Crosby Road interchange.