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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    BUDGET BRIEFS

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Wednesday, September 15, 1999

    BUDGET BRIEFS

    Mayne-Northgate Rail Upgrade Progressing

    Work is well advanced on the $185 million rail upgrade between Mayne and Northgate, Transport and Main Roads Minister, Steve Bredhauer said today. Mr Bredhauer said QR would be able to operate more express trains when the work was completed in early 2001.

    $229m to Cut Traffic Congestion

    More than $229 million has been earmarked in the State Budget to fund this year's activities on core projects designed to reduce Brisbane's traffic congestion through better public transport. Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said the funding formed part of the State Government's commitment to infrastructure programs specifically aimed at providing commuters with an integrated public transport system. It allowed for both construction and planning activities on three important projects in Brisbane's CBD, and to the north and south of the city. The funding has been broken down as the following: South East Transit Project ($183 million) Inner Northern Busway ($32 million) Brisbane Light Rail ($14 million from the Commonwealth Government's Centenary of Federation funding).

    Funding Approved for Petrie to Kippa Ring Study

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer today confirmed that more than $274,000 has been earmarked in the State Budget to further investigations this financial year into a line haul public transport link to serve established and growth areas between Petrie and Kippa-Ring. The investigation will develop strategies to ensure effective integration between existing and future transport and land usage in the area.

    $304m for new QR Rollingstock

    QR will invest $304 million in major new rollingstock during 1999/2000, Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said today. Mr Bredhauer said $213 million would be spent on new coal wagons and locomotives for increasing coal tonnages and $91 million would be allocated for more electric cars for commuter services. .2

    Brisbane-Cairns Tilt Train Funding

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said $30 million had been secured under the 1999-00 State Budget to progress the development of the tilt train service, expected to commence operations by late 2002. Mr Bredhauer said funding had been provided in the 1998-99 Budget to develop the scope and design for the Cairns tilt train while $138 million was committed to construct two nine car diesel tilt trainsets. He said project funding had been increased from $122.3m to $138m, demonstrating the Government's commitment to honour its pre-election commitment.

    $1.6m for Cycling Programs

    The State Government has committed $1.6 million this financial year to a range of programs to be delivered by Queensland Transport's State Cycle Unit to encourage a greater use of cycling by Queenslanders. Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said this funding would be spent for cycling programs including the initial implementation of the Cycle South East Strategy, developing a Regional Network Plan for South East Queensland, developing the Queensland Cycle Strategy and a six-month Share the Roads public education campaign.

    New Citytrain Contract Announced

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer has announced funding of $283 million per year for new contract arrangements between the State Government and Queensland Rail. The new contract arrangements are for Citytrain services to South East Queensland. Mr Bredhauer said the new Citytrain contract was expected to be signed this week. "These contractual arrangements are a concrete demonstration of this Government's commitment to major rail improvements for South East Queenslanders," Mr Bredhauer said. "It is all about explicitly identifying and contracting for the Government's social obligations in railways."

    Accessible Bus boost for Queensland

    More than 165 high-tech low-floor buses will be added to Queensland communities in the next three years through an extension to the highly successful Accessible Bus Program. Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said the program had already added 150 accessible buses to the State's roads since 1997. "We are hoping this number can be significantly increased this year as operators see the benefits of accessible transport and also the new less expensive smaller buses that are being introduced," he said. Mr Bredhauer said the State Budget handed down today included $3 million to extend the program this financial year, with similar commitments for the next two years.

    $32.7m for Fisherman Islands Development

    The Beattie Government has announced $32.7 million in work this financial year for the development of the Fisherman Islands precinct. Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said $32.7 million from Port of Brisbane Corporation's capital expenditure program of $91.093 million would be spent on projects to extend the Fisherman Islands facility. Under plans for the project, a bund wall will be constructed and land reclaimed at the eastern end of Fisherman Islands. The proposed work will eventually provide a 320ha extension to the current Fisherman Islands facility. Mr Bredhauer said the land to be reclaimed on Fisherman Islands was intended to be used for harbour purposes, principally for container and general cargo wharves and terminals, and off wharf container and cargo storage.

    Programs to Bolster Road Safety

    More than $5.68 million has been committed by the Queensland Government to improve road safety, through tougher penalties and a targeted heavy vehicle inspection program. Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said operators who speed or overload their vehicles, or fail to take regular rest breaks, would face tougher penalties. "Priority will be placed on the enforcement and penalisation of overloading, which poses a significant threat to road users and the road network," Mr Bredhauer said. "Penalties will be increased to better represent the level of dangerous behaviour of those people who overload vehicles to unsafe levels." Tougher penalties for speeding heavy vehicles include the "three strikes and you're out" policy.