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Federal Coalition's Commitment to Bruce Highway Welcomed

17.7.2013

The peak national motoring and mobility organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), says the Federal Coalition's commitment to upgrade the Bruce Highway is a significant step forward to improve road safety and productivity in Queensland.


"Motorists will welcome this commitment. It is a very significant investment in one of the most crucial links of road infrastructure in Australia," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.


The Federal Coalition has today announced a $6.7 billion commitment to upgrade and improve the condition of the highway. The total package of investment proposed by the Federal Coalition and the Queensland Government is $8.5 billion, with an additional $1 billion in funding already announced for the Gateway Motorway North, taking the total investment to almost $10 billion.


"This package provides a long-term plan to fix the Bruce Highway. The fact that there is a commitment to share the costs 80:20 between a future Federal Coalition government and the Queensland Government is a key step forward and provides greater certainty," said Mr McKellar.


"For too long we have seen other key road projects held up by arguments between different levels of government about who should pay what," he said.


"This should set a benchmark for all future road funding announcements. The Federal Government needs to take a lead in accepting responsibility to fund its fair share of investment in our national highways," Mr McKellar said.


"Upgrading the Bruce Highway to make it a safer road will help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries," he said.


The AAA and constituent clubs launched the Demand Better Roads campaign in April to make transport infrastructure a major issue for the coming election – more information at www.demandbetterroads.com.au


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