A Shorten Labor Government would bring forward funding to allow work to begin in our first term on the much-needed upgrade of the Linkfield Road overpass of the Gympie Arterial Road.
By contrast, according to the LNP Government’s own Budget documents, voters would have to re-elect Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton twice before the LNP would even start this critical project, which will significantly enhance road safety on Brisbane’s Northside.
Currently two lanes on Linkfield Road merge into one before drivers turn north onto the Gympie Arterial Road. It is a serious choke point and a notorious traffic accident blackspot.
The strategic cost estimate of this project is $125 million. A Federal Labor Government would contribute $100 million.
On the existing Budget timetable, no money would flow for at least four years.
That’s too long. With the local population growing strongly, Labor, if elected, would bring forward sufficient funding to allow work to begin in our first term.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the Linkfield Road overpass would be a game-changer for Brisbane’s Northside.
“It will reduce traffic congestion for residents and boost productivity for businesses in the area,’’ Mr Albanese said.
“Scott Morrison says he wants to act, but not for years down the track. He has pushed the project off into the Never Never with most of his infrastructure program.’’
Labor Candidate for Petrie Corinne Mulholland said while the Liberals continued to fight amongst themselves, local motorists were stuck fighting their way through traffic every day at Linkfield Road overpass.
“The Federal Liberals have had six long years to do something about Linkfield Road overpass and it took Federal Labor to step up and commit funding to this project to get real action,” Ms Mulholland said.
“Only a Shorten Labor Government will get this done – cutting congestion and delivering a faster daily commute for motorists in my electorate.”
Labor candidate for Dickson Ali France said the overpass would reduce congestion for residents of Bridgeman Downs, Warner, Eatons Hill, and Strathpine, as well as businesses in Brendale.
“The big message I’m getting as I talk to people in Dickson is that they are sick of talk about traffic congestion and want action,’’ Ms France said.
“Labor will act.’’
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.