Apr 18, 2019

Media Release – Labor commits to upgrade Lindum level crossing – Thursday, 18 April 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $85 million to fix one of Brisbane’s most dangerous traffic black spots – the Lindum level crossing at Wynnum West.

This crossing of the Cleveland Line is adjacent to Lindum Station on a busy four-way intersection with a junction either side including of Kianawah and Lindum Roads.

Sadly in February it was the site of a fatal accident, and it is on the RACQ’s list of road and rail projects it wants to see delivered across Brisbane.

Between 2013 and 2017, Queensland Rail recorded 32 near misses between trains and either cars or pedestrians at the Lindum crossing. That’s too many.

Governments must work together to fix the crossing, not only to improve safety but also ease congestion and boost productivity in this growing part of Brisbane.

Labor’s investment will be in addition to the $40 million already pledged by the Brisbane City Council.

The Queensland Government has also agreed to contribute $400,000 to match our planning funding and to work with us and the Brisbane City Council to ensure an integrated approach looking at all relevant factors.

Working together we will identify the most cost-effective way to fix this crossing.

After nearly six years of cuts and chaos under the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, Australia needs a Shorten Labor Government to bring a renewed focus on infrastructure investment.

Today’s announcement builds on the other significant commitments we have made across South East Queensland, notably to partner with the Queensland Government to build Cross River Rail. For the residents in the electorate of Bonner who use the Cleveland Line, completion of this project could reduce commute times by up to 14 minutes, with a train departing every six minutes on average during the morning and afternoon peak periods and with capacity for an extra 1,800 seats.

Without investments like these in both the region’s rail and road infrastructure, the cost of traffic congestion across South East Queensland will increase almost five-fold to $9.2 billion a year by 2031.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better infrastructure, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.

After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.