Joint Press Release with Warren Truss - The Coalition's Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion
Posted on Saturday, 30 June 2012
A Coalition Government will commit $4 billion to tackle the backlog of road construction in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Inadequate road infrastructure and traffic congestion are having a negative impact on the productivity of Australia’s major cities.
Parents are away from their families for longer, businesses and consumers are paying more in transportation costs and our cities are becoming less productive.
A Coalition Government will work with the states and the private sector to ensure that the following projects are accelerated:
- East-West Link (Victoria) – $1.5 billion;
- M4 East (NSW) – $1.5 billion, and
- Gateway Motorway upgrade: Nudgee to the Bruce Highway (Queensland) – $1 billion.
Further announcements about other road priorities in our cities and regions will be made before the next election.
Australia’s big cities are just as vital to our economy as our vast resource developments. Strong manufacturing industries, dynamic information and service economies, as well as our agricultural and mining sectors need better-functioning cities in order to flourish.
We will move quickly on these major road projects and expect that they will be underway within 12 to 18 months of an election.
These are all major road projects that need Commonwealth funding to make them a reality.
Funding for these commitments will be met from the next Nation Building programme and responsible budget savings.
These are nationally significant projects that will boost productivity.
The timing of payments for specific projects will depend on construction progress and will be developed in consultation with the State Governments. The first year of funding for the Coalition’s Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion will be 2014-15.
30 June 2012
Please download The Coalition's Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion in Brisbane and South East Queensland here.
Please download The Coalition's Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion in Sydney here.
Please download The Coalition's Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion in Melbourne here.