State Election 2020 Scorecard: Roads
Queensland Labor have made a commitment $12.6 billion in funding for the Bruce Highway and commits to progressive priority upgrades of roads which support and maintain Queensland’s regional economy. They have also announced commitments to two key AgForce transport asks: building an Inland Bruce Highway from Charters Towers to Mungindi and pledging a further $280 million for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
The LNP has a $33 billion, 15-year program to expand the Bruce Highway to 4 lanes from Cairns to Gympie. They also support major road upgrades for regional Queensland aimed at improving safety and productivity for agriculture freight and will consult with AgForce on those but have not provided detail on those inland routes.
The KAP have supported $100 million to upgrade key strategic freight routes for the northern beef industry but doesn’t specifically mention other parts of the state. They have a continuing commitment to improving significant routes in north Queensland for road train access including the Gregory Development Road, the Haan Highway and the Cape York Peninsula Developmental Road.
ONP and The Greens have not yet announced policies to put downward pressure on regional transport costs for agriculture.