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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    $3M FOR PETRIE TO KIPPA-RING PUBLIC TRANSPORT CORRIDOR

    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Tuesday, June 15, 2004

    $3M FOR PETRIE TO KIPPA-RING PUBLIC TRANSPORT CORRIDOR

    Today's State Budget will provide improved bus services between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane.

    "Under the 2004/05 Budget, $3 million has been allocated for new and upgraded infrastructure in the corridor in the next financial year," Mr Lucas said.

    "This follows the recent release of a government report confirming the need to improve bus services between Petrie and Kippa-Ring.

    "The report recommended keeping an already-protected rail corridor for future public transport use.

    "In line with that, the state government will protect the corridor and consider enhancements and additions to existing public transport services in the short to medium term."

    The corridor will benefit from the total $7 million allocation in the Smart State Building Fund for a bus network enhancement package, which includes new bus priority measures and improved bus stops as part of TransLink.

    Mr Lucas said improved bus stops and bus priority measures will be provided in the Anzac Avenue corridor between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, and significant enhancements to the bus-rail interchange and park-and-ride facility at Petrie Station.

    He said TransLink will also provide a high quality, frequent service connecting all major shopping centres from Redcliffe to Chermside via Petrie rail station, and improve existing services in the area.

    Additional improvements include:

    * a bus link between North Lakes and Old Mango Hill; * new bus stop infrastructure (including shelters, seating and information) and upgraded key bus interchanges such as the Peninsula Fair bus station; * improved bus-rail facilities at key rail stations, including Petrie, Caboolture and Bray Park; and * extended park-and-ride facilities, including at Narangba and Burpengary rail stations.

    Mr Lucas said the Petrie to Kippa-Ring Public Transport Corridor Study had investigated the feasibility, preferred development, impacts and benefits of the corridor.

    The release in June 2004 of a final impact assessment followed the study, which involved extensive community consultation.

    The report has been distributed to all public libraries within the study area to allow public access to the detailed findings of the report and its recommendations.

    Queensland Transport plans, co-ordinates and facilitates the provision of transport services. An Integrated Regional Transport Plan for south east Queensland guides the department's decisions about investment in transport infrastructure to support rapid growth in the area.

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