Miles Government commits funding for Buchanan Road upgrade planning

Published Wednesday, 03 July, 2024 at 11:41 AM


The Honourable Steven Miles

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

  • The Miles Government has committed $7 million for planning work to help ease congestion on Buchanan Road in Morayfield.
  • The funding is part of the new $100M Local Congestion Busting Program, aimed at road network improvements to decrease delays and increase reliability.
  • Funding forms part of the record $37.4 billion Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2024-25 to 2027-28, supporting 28,000 jobs across the life of the program and driving Queensland’s economic growth.

The Miles Government is committing $7 million to undertake planning work on Buchanan Road in Morayfield, which aims to ease congestion and accommodate the region’s projected growth.

The Buchanan Road upgrade planning project is being delivered by City of Moreton Bay, as part of a 50:50 funding partnership.

The project will focus on upgrades at locations along the road where congestion is the most severe to help people get around quicker.

The funding has been made available through the $100 million Local Congestion Busting Program, which targets improvements to the road network that reduce congestion, by mitigating traffic delays caused by "bottle necks", particularly at intersections.

The new Local Congestion Busting Program forms part of the biggest ever Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program, with a total $37.4 billion in transport investment committed in communities across the state to support jobs and economic growth.

Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“I know busting traffic on this busy road, right in my backyard, is really going to matter to my community.

“More and more people want to call Queensland home, which is why we’re working together with all levels of government to deliver these critical road projects.

“I know this will make the drive to work, school or the shops a little bit easier and am looking forward to seeing work get underway.”

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

“This section of Buchanan Road and William Berry Drive – between Morayfield Road and the Bruce Highway – is a key road through this area and considered vital to accommodate the region’s growth over the coming years.

“We know that transport is critically important in allowing people to get on with their lives – be it working in the city, dropping the kids at school, getting to and from medical appointments or making deliveries.

“The Miles Government’s new Local Congestion fund will improve bottlenecks to make a real difference to people’s lives through reducing the time wasted in traffic and allowing them to get on with the things that really matter.

“I’m proud to be working with City of Moreton Bay to deliver this project because we know how significant this upgrade is.

“Under an LNP government, investment in local roads would be non-existent.

“We know they cut $1.6 billion to road and transport funding and sacked 700 Roadtek road builders when last in power.”

“They can’t be trusted to deliver the congestion-busting infrastructure our growing state needs.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan:

“This is all about delivering for local communities.

“Delivering enhanced transport infrastructure makes a very real difference in the every day lives of the people in this community.

“I advocated strongly for this project because it will provide on-going benefits for years to come and it reflects the Miles Government’s commitment to deliver the infrastructure and projects that support the aspirations of Queenslanders.”

Quotes attributable to Mayor Peter Flannery, City of Moreton Bay:

"This is a very welcome announcement.

“I’d like to personally acknowledge the advocacy of local MP Mark Ryan, who has been instrumental in delivering this funding. 

“This is a critical project for the community and Mark has always delivered.

"Council thanks the State Government for such a significant investment toward the initial detailed design of the Buchanan Road Corridor.

"Once built, this road upgrade will transform City of Moreton Bay, improving access to the existing community in Morayfield and opening up land for new housing including Waraba, to accommodate our rapidly growing population.

"It will also improve east-west connectivity to alleviate traffic congestion on the Bruce Highway.

"I am pleased that the State has acknowledged the significance of this critical road corridor and Council looks forward to working closely with the State to make this happen.

"The Buchanan Road upgrade is a project that will truly benefit our residents now and into the future."