The Coalition Government’s $75 billion roads, rail and airport plan will relieve congestion, grow our regions and make life easier for Australians.
We are investing, on average, $2 billion per year more than Labor – and investing in a way that delivers better value and results for taxpayers.
Our plan is comprehensive. We are investing in major highway upgrades and congestion busting roads in capital cities, to reduce travel times, improve safety and help businesses move goods and services more efficiently.
We are investing in important public transport rail projects, including the Gold Coast Light Rail, Sydney Metro, Melbourne Metro and Flinders Rail Link in Adelaide to improve access, amenity and liveability in our cities.
Our historic investment in Inland Rail will link the Port of Brisbane to the Port of Melbourne, transforming freight movements through Victoria, New South Wales and South East Queensland, while promoting economic opportunities and jobs in these regions.
Local communities are benefitting from the Roads to Recovery Program, with $4.4 billion invested (for seven years, to 2020–21) in construction, repair and upgrade of local roads. The Black Spot Program ($684 million for seven years to 2020–21) will deliver safety improvements such as safety barriers and street lighting to dangerous roads.
Local bridges are being fixed with $420 million for the Bridges Renewal Program.
After five decades of indecision, the Coalition Government is getting on with building Western Sydney Airport.
The Coalition Government has struck a Western Sydney City Deal with the NSW Government and eight councils. As a result, the first stage of a north-south rail link will be built linking the new airport to communities and new jobs, helping create a "30-minute city". A new Aerotropolis – a commercial and industrial hub adjacent the airport – will also bring advanced manufacturing, research, medical, education and commercial facilities to the area.
The airport will open a new international gateway to Australia’s largest city and this City Deal will transform the economy of Western Sydney, creating tens of thousands of new jobs.
We are backing major infrastructure projects in a smarter way. Instead of the Australian Government simply handing over grants (and taxpayers being effectively used as an ATM by state governments), we are making use of equity investments and concessional loans, to ensure taxpayers get better value.
By implementing City Deals, we are also ensuring all levels of government work together, with investment coordinated to benefit taxpayers. With City Deals already up and running in Townsville, Launceston and Western Sydney, we are breaking away from the old approach of governments blaming each other, while taxpayers get ripped off.
Below is a summary of some of the major projects we are investing in.
NEW SOUTH WALES
- Linking Western Sydney to the city, airport and ports, with up to 52 traffic lights gone and 40 minutes saved. Stage 2 construction commenced ahead of schedule.
- 10,000 construction jobs.
- Connecting the Central Coast to Sydney, avoiding up to 40 traffic lights on the Pacific Highway and 21 on Pennant Hills Road.
- 8,700 jobs.
- Four lane divided road from near Newcastle to Queensland, with crashes reduced and travel times cut by up to 2.5 hours.
- 16,000 direct and indirect jobs.
- The Australian Government is also contributing $1.7 billion for the Sydney Metro project, which will deliver 31 new stations and 66km of new rail from Sydney’s growing North West, under the harbour, towards the South West.
Western Sydney Airport, Aerotropolis and Infrastructure
After decades of indecision, Western Sydney Airport is being built and is due to open in 2026. This will be a catalyst for 200,000 new jobs in Western Sydney over the next 20 years.
We’re building the vital road infrastructure first, so it is completed before the Airport.
We have struck a Western Sydney City Deal with the NSW Government and eight councils, which will mean:
- A new North South Rail link, initially linking St Marys, to Western Sydney Airport and the new “Aerotropolis” (commercial and industrial hub), will be built, linking communities to the airport and new jobs;
- A Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis – a commercial and industrial hub next to the airport – will be built, bringing advanced manufacturing, research, medical, education and commercial facilities to the area;
- New STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) education facilities will train workers for new jobs at the Aerotropolis;
- An Investment Attraction Office will attract new facilities to Western Parkland City, which will become the new third major city in Sydney (along with the CBD and Parramatta). This will help realise our goal of a “30-minute city”, bringing people closer to jobs, education and vital services;
- A new jointly funded Western Parkland City Liveability Program will ensure that local facilities and amenities will be provided, along with new housing supply;
- A strategy to deliver 5G (5th Generation Wireless System), including a trial led by a telecommunications carrier, will enable smart, digital technology in the area.
- Additional lanes will unlock productivity in Melbourne by reducing congestion along the M1 corridor.
- $1.4 billion in funding to improve services on the Ballarat Line, the Gippsland Line and the North East Line and funding for Murray Basin Rail.
- Completes the three remaining sections of the M80 Western Ring Road and improves traffic flow along one of Victoria’s critical freight corridors.
Great Ocean Road
- Strengthening bridges and upgrading pavement, guardrails, cliff and land slip sites.
- Widening from Melrose Drive to Melbourne Airport.
- Ballarat to Stawell duplication, with further funding to duplicate the road from Buangor to Ararat.
- Duplication from Traralgon to Sale and from Winchelsea to Colac, to help bring regional communities together and link key industries to markets.
Upgraded Suburban Roads
- Using the interest generated on the Government’s pre-payment for the East West Link, we are investing $70 million in upgrading suburban roads and congestion points in Melbourne.
The Coalition Government remains committed to the East West Link – our offer to contribute $3 billion still stands, should the Andrews Labor Government reverse its opposition.
- A $6.7 billion, 10 year commitment to upgrade the Bruce Highway, to improve safety, congestion and flood immunity, reducing travel times for motorists and freight.
- New funding in the 2017 Budget was provided for: planning and construction works between Pine River and Caloundra; the Wide Bay Highway/Bruce Highway intersection upgrade; the Deception Bay Interchange upgrade.
Gateway Motorway North
- Widening from four to six lanes, improving access and better connecting the Bruce Highway, Northern Brisbane and the Port of Brisbane. This will create 1,000 jobs.
Toowoomba Range Crossing
- Cutting travel times and removing traffic from Toowoomba Town Centre and creating 1,800 jobs.
Townsville City Deal
- Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor connecting the North Coast Line directly to the Port of Townsville to support exports and remove freight trains from the suburbs.
- Townsville Stadium – which will employ more than 2,000 people.
Gold Coast Light Rail
- Funding for Stage 2 will enable completion in time for the Commonwealth Games.
Urban and Regional Road Upgrades
- Including upgrades of the M1 – Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes, a major upgrade of the M1/Gateway Motorway merge, construction of the Walkerston bypass near Mackay and widening of Mt Lindesay Highway.
- A long term blueprint to connect suburbs, reduce road congestion and meet Perth's future planning needs.
- $792 million in funding will be provided, including for the Tornlie and Yanchep line extensions (subject to a positive business case).
- A new 40km highway to improve freight and save travel times through the Swan Valley, supporting 1,000 jobs.
- Major upgrades, including: Great Northern Highway (between Muchea and Wumbin), Armadale Road duplication; Wanneroo and Ocean Reef Roads grade separation; and the Manning Road on-ramp.
North South Corridor and Northern Connector project
- Better connecting Adelaide’s port, airport and freight terminals. (1,330 new jobs).
Flinders Link rail project
- Reducing travel time to the CBD by 30 minutes and improving accessibility to Flinders University and South Australia's second largest hospital. (1,900 new jobs).
Oaklands Crossing and Marion Drive upgrade.
Midland Highway Upgrade between Hobart and Launceston, to improve safety and freight delivery (234 new jobs).
Hobart International Airport runway extension.
Outback Way, stretching across Central Australia ($100 million contribution).
Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
- Unlocking the economic potential of the North through $5 billion in concessional loans that will deliver major economic infrastructure.
Northern Australia Roads
- $600 million investment in priority road projects in key strategic corridors in Northern Australia.
Beef Roads Program
- $100 million investment to upgrade roads necessary for transporting cattle in northern Australia.
Information current as at March 2018