Miles Government budget driving big transport build

Published Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 at 08:18 PM


The Honourable Steven Miles

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services
The Honourable Bart Mellish

  • Record $37.4 billion Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2024-25 to 2027-28 as part of Miles Government state budget
  • Investment is to support 28,000 jobs across Queensland through the program’s four-year delivery.
  • Major investments in transformational transport projects set for delivery, including on the Bruce Highway, Coomera Connector, Gold Coast Light Rail and Sunshine Coast Direct Rail.

The Miles Labor Government has today released the massive $37.4 billion four-year transport investment program prioritising safety, reliability, resilience, accessibility and regional connectivity.

The majority of this will be delivered outside of the Metropolitan (Brisbane) region – totalling $21.19 billion.

Through this roads budget, $11.5 billion will also be spent around the state, including on road safety and maintenance.

This is another record transport big build budget – delivering the infrastructure that matters to Queensland.

Its focus is to provide the state with a steady uplift in road, rail and public transport infrastructure that offers value-for-money and maintains pace with growth.

Major investments include:

  • $3.026 billion Coomera Connector (Stage 1), Coomera to Nerang
  • $1.5 billion Pacific Motorway, Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) to Tugun (Exit 95) upgrade *
  • $1.892 billion in road safety infrastructure, funded by the Camera Detected Offence Program
  • $5.23 billion in maintenance
  • $1 billion Gateway Motorway, Bracken Ridge to Pine River upgrade*
  • $948 million Bruce Highway (Brisbane - Gympie), Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road upgrade (Stage 1) *
  • $733 million funding commitment for Bruce Highway (Brisbane - Gympie), Anzac Avenue to Uhlmann Road upgrade *
  • $290 million Bruce Highway (Brisbane - Gympie), Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue upgrade (Stage 1)*
  • $5.75 billion Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail *
  • $5.5 billion funding commitment for Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line (Stage 1) *
  • $1.318 billion European Train Control Systems Signalling Program: Phase 1 (Pilot line, Tunnel, and Sector 1 to Moorooka)
  • $1.004 billion Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade (Stage 1) *
  • $3 billion funding commitment for Bruce Highway, Queensland Government. Queensland Government $250 million per annum contribution towards joint investments on the Bruce Highway from 2027-28  to 2038-39.
  • $1 billion funding commitment for Inland Freight Route (Charters Towers to Mungindi) *
  • $250 million funding commitment for Bruce Highway, Gladstone to Rockhampton *
  • $182 million funding commitment for Outback Way Queensland Future Priorities *
  • $131.3 million Peninsula Developmental Road (Coen - Weipa), Archer River Crossing, construct bridge *
  • $96 million Townsville Connection Road (Stuart Drive), University Road to Bowen Road Bridge (Idalia), improve safety.
  • $52.4 million Gore Highway (Millmerran - Goondiwindi), Wyaga Creek, upgrade floodway *
  • $30 million Flinders Highway (Richmond - Julia Creek), Alick Creek, upgrade floodway and install major culvert *
  • New $100 million Local Congestion Busting Program
  • New $100 million Productivity Enhancement program

*Jointly funded with the Australian Government

Quotes attributable to the Premier Steven Miles:

“Queensland has the biggest road network of any state in Australia, and now we have the biggest ever road and transport investment in the state’s history.

“This isn’t just about building roads and rail – it’s about creating jobs in every community, across the state.

“In my community in Moreton Bay, we have big upgrades to the Bruce Highway on their way.

“And with Cross River Rail on the horizon, there will be even better connections from Brisbane’s north to the city and the southside.

“My government is doing what matters to keep Queensland moving.”

Quotes attributable to the Deputy Premier Cameron Dick:

“This budget remains squarely focused on bettering the lives of all Queenslanders.

“We’ve been responsible in our funding amidst significant cost pressure across our transport projects, but we haven’t backed away from investing in projects to keep the state running and keep the state growing.

“And while we acknowledge the challenging market conditions, we’re not going to shy away from making the right decisions for Queensland’s future.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads Bart Mellish:

“We’re investing to get you home sooner, to get you there safer and to keep you moving – your way.

“This QTRIP is a responsible, sustainable investment program that ensures we can continue to deliver on Queensland’s top transport priorities.

“We all know the market is tough – inflation is creating significant challenges for projects all over the country.

“This is a value-for-money QTRIP, with a big focus on where it matters – safety, reliability, resilience, accessibility and regional connectivity.”