RACQ calls for major upgrades to cut congestion and save lives


Queensland’s peak motoring body has warned that road conditions are costing lives. The RACQ says many roads are simply underfunded and over-used.

Tom Robson reports.

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Bumper to bumper. Cars lined up as far as the eye can see.

The RACQ is calling for bigger and better road projects to help unlock the gridlock.

Rebecca Michael, RACQ: “In the lead up to this Federal Election we’re calling on all parties to prioritise critical road projects such as the one we see here on the Mount Lindesay Highway. We see the Mount Lindesay Highway has quite a concerning safety record.”

In fact, eight people have died here in the past four years and 150 others have been seriously injured.

To quell the hotspot, the state’s motoring body is demanding extra lanes.

Rebecca Michael, RACQ: “We want all parties to look at improving the capacity and widening the Mount Lindesay Highway, particularly between the Browns Plains and Jimboomba sections.”

The RACQ is also wanting a safety works package along the Cunningham Highway.

This includes lane and shoulder widening, safety barriers and intersection improvements.

The RACQ is calling for a multiple solution approach to traffic in South East Queensland, including a possible rail corridor between Salisbury and Beaudesert.

The RACQ wants this potential rail link to serve as an alternative to driving and reduce congestion.

Rebecca Michael, RACQ: “Hopefully we will see people out of their cars and onto the train cars and onto the train.”

Tom Robson, QUT News.