[Video] Ted, O’Brien LNP Candidate for Fairfax and Mal Brough, LNP Candidate for Fisher said the release of the Coalition’s $8.5 billion upgrade of the Bruce Highway will be welcomed by all Queenslanders.
The Coalition’s Policy to Fix the Bruce Highway includes $1.55 billion to be spent on needed local upgrades.
The Policy to Fix the Bruce Highway was released earlier this week by Tony Abbott and Warren Truss.
“Our policy will provide an investment of $6.7 billion from the Coalition and we will partner with the Queensland Government to deliver an $8.5 billion upgrade of the Bruce Highway over ten years”, said Mr O’Brien.
“Our Policy to Fix the Bruce Highway includes $2.1 billion over the next four years and a further $4.6 billion over the following six years.
“This is $2.6 billion more than Labor’s inadequate commitment to this nationally significant road.
“We all know the state of the Bruce Highway is holding Queensland back. It’s unsafe, floods too much and it is getting more congested”, said Mr O’Brien
“On average, one person dies on the Bruce Highway each week. It’s a national disgrace.
“I am proud that we will fix the Highway and give Queensland the modern highway that our State deserves”.
Mr Brough said the following local projects were confirmed and funded by the Coalition for the next four years:
- Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway – Stage 1 part construction ($200 million)
- Caboolture to Sunshine Motorway upgrade – planning and design ($50 million)
- Caboolture to Caloundra upgrade including upgrade of the Pumicestone Road interchange and construction of a new interchange to replace intersections at Roys Road and Bells Creek Road – ($122 million)
Further projects to be undertaken in the following six years are:
- Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway – Complete stage 1 construction ($141 million)
- Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway – Complete Stage 2 construction ($743 million)
- Maroochydore Road interchange upgrade – stage 1 ($187 million)
- Managed Motorways – Gateway Motorway to Caboolture ($105 million)
“Our plan is not talk, it’s real action to fix the Bruce Highway and for us to move quickly. You can be assured that a Coalition government won’t play the blame game with the State Government – we will work with the LNP State Government to make this happen”, said Mr Brough.
“Local residents can be confident that we will honour our commitment because only the Coalition will bring the Federal Budget under control. Labor’s record debt and deficits puts even their own inadequate commitment to the Bruce Highway at risk.
“Fixing the Bruce Highway is an integral part of the Coalition’s plan to build a strong, prosperous economy.”