The Queensland Government has announced a $3.5 billion investment in the state’s rail network as part of the 2022-23 state budget.
Treasurer cameron dick made the announcement on Sunday ahead of the state budget on Tuesday, which he said will create more jobs for Queenslanders as well as better services and livestock protection.
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“Our budget is so focused, fairly and squarely on creating more jobs for Queenslanders. As we build a stronger economy, we need to make sure people can move around our community,” said Mr. Dick.
“That’s why in this budget we will invest $3.5 billion in strengthening and improving Queensland’s rail network.
“This will include $924m to be committed and invested in the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3, $876m for the rail line duplication between Kuraby and Beenleigh, $489m for the upgrade of the Nambour-Beerburrum rail and $107 million to build three new stations on the Gold Coast,” he boasted.
“These investments will create over 5,000 jobs for Queenslanders over the life of the projects and that is why capital investment, investment in our infrastructure, is so important.”
While the Minister of Transport and Roads, Mark Bailey, said investing in public transport was paramount due to increasing population growth.
“This rail revolution will also be a very important part of moving people more efficiently and effectively within this budget,” he said.
“Another feature of this budget is funding for automatic train control. This is the system that allows us to operate automatic doors on the platforms so that people are physically unable to fall onto the tracks.
“This is state-of-the-art underground rail technology. (It’s) great to see this also in the budget,” said Mr. Bailey.
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