Shorten Commits Federal Funds To Cross River Rail

Shorten Commits Federal Funds To Cross River Rail

Queensland Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad

Queensland Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe

Palaszczuk Government Welcomes Shorten’s Commitment To Cross River Rail

Victor P Taffa

The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed today’s announcement that a Federal Labor Shorten Government would commit $800 Million to Queensland’s number one infrastructure project, Cross River Rail.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said the funding commitment demonstrated yet again that Labor is the only party serious about delivering the critical project, which will significantly improve the capacity of the South East Queensland rail network and support up to 8,000 jobs for Queenslanders.

“The former Newman Government turned their back on a $715 Million funding offer from the former Federal Labor Government, which would have seen this project started instead spending three wasted years chasing their fantasy BaT tunnel.” Ms. Trad said.

“It’s clear nothing has changed, with (Opposition Leader) Tim Nicholls’ budget reply speech this week not mentioning Cross River Rail once.”

“The Palaszczuk Government is determined to ensure Cross River Rail gets the green light, and this significant funding promise from the Federal Labor Opposition is welcome news.”

“We need every level of government to get on board to move this project forward, and it’s clear the Federal Labor Opposition is willing to jump in the driver’s seat with Queensland.”

“Labor is getting this project back on track. We have now received the updated business case for the new 10.2 km alignment from Building Queensland and will be making the urgent case for Federal Government funding imminently.”

“This week we also announced $50 Million in the 2016-17 Budget to establish a Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and commence early work, and $634 Million for a European Train Control System which will pave the way for the project.”

“The State Government has also set aside $1.5 Billion for the next phase of priority infrastructure needs, to be informed by the independent advice from Building Queensland.”

QLD Minister for Transport Stirling Hiinchliffe

QLD Minister for Transport Stirling Hiinchliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said over the next 20 years demand for rail services in South East Queensland would increase threefold, so it was important to get Cross River Rail right.

“If we don’t build Cross River Rail the cost of congestion and lost productivity to Queensland’s economy between now and 2031 will be $69 Billion.” Mr. Hinchliffe said.

“That’s why is it so important for all funding partners to make proper investment decisions and work together using the fully-funded Delivery Authority.”

“Cross River Rail will benefit every commuter in the south east corner from Gympie North to the Gold Coast and will ensure we can increase services on the entire South East Queensland rail network during our busiest times and minimise overcrowding on platforms and trains.”

“Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates that a Shorten Labor Government understands the infrastructure needs of a growing city like Brisbane.”

“This is a significant leap forward in the delivery of Cross River Rail.”

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Trad said with the updated Cross River Rail business case to be provided to both the Federal Opposition and Federal Government imminently, it was now time for (Prime Minister) Malcolm Turnbull to step up to the plate.

“The word ‘Queensland’ was not mentioned once in (Treasurer) Scott Morrison’s budget speech and the Federal Budget included no funding for Cross River Rail or any new infrastructure spending for Queensland for that matter.” Ms. Trad said.

“It’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to show he’s committed to our state and to building the infrastructure Queensland needs.”