Build new and better roads
Four Lane Bruce Highway from Gympie to Cairns
The Bruce Highway is the bitumen spine that holds Queensland together. The 1677km road connects north to south and links regional and coastal communities to each other. The Bruce also gives Queensland’s industry and agriculture access to ports and vital international markets that support tens of thousands of jobs.
The LNP’s commitment for the Bruce Highway is:
1. A four-lane Bruce Highway from Gympie to Cairns by 2035
2. A $50m investment plan and a $33bn state-federal funding partnership
3. A Bruce Highway Queensland Contractors Panel to ensure Queensland businesses are awarded job-creating contracts.
Construction will create and estimates 6820 jobs a year – that’s more than 100,000 jobs.
Build the second M1
An alternative to the M1 could take up to 60,000 vehicles a day off the existing Pacific Motorway. The Second M1 project will be a 4-lane arterial road from Nerang-Broadbeach Road to Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road.
The Second M1 will provide an alternative north-south route to the Pacific Motorway on the northern Gold Coast and Beenleigh. The corridor already exists. An LNP Government will fast-track planning and design work and get on with construction.
A Second M1 will reduce traffic pressure on the Pacific Motorway and provide alternative traffic routes in the case of an accident or severe congestion. This will reduce congestion on the northern part of the M1 to get people home safer and sooner.
Build a better Bruce Highway
The LNP will back the Bruce and ensure Queenslanders up and down the state have a safer and faster highway. The Federal Coalition Government has announced a $3.3 billion boost to Bruce Highway funding as part of the recent budget.
An LNP Government would stump up our share of this funding to get works underway as soon as possible.
Projects up and down the coast to be delivered – through this budget boost include:
1. $1.1 billion Pine Rivers to Caloundra corridor upgrade, including 6-laning the stretch between Caboolture and Caloundra and upgrading the Dohles Rocks Road on and off-ramps
2. $1 billion for the last stage of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade, known as the Gympie Bypass
3. $250 million for additional safety works.
Build alternative routes to bust congestion
We must plan now for the alternative routes that Southeast Queensland needs to the north, south, east and west of the Brisbane CBD. We can’t just keep adding lanes to our existing main roads – it’s time for a comprehensive look at alternative routes.
In partnership with the SEQ Council of Mayors, an LNP Government will provide better co-ordination of state and local roads, preserve future road corridors and plan the alternative routes we will need over the next two decades.
To address Labor’s lack of serious planning, we need an infrastructure plan that works with our regional growth plan and provides a clear road network for the future. The LNP believes in proper planning and working collaboratively with local governments to deliver long- term congestion-busting infrastructure.