ALP commits to fixing Coopers Plains crossing

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Cooper’s Plan rail crossing

Federal Labor’s $73 million investment will be contingent upon matching funding from both the State Government and the Brisbane City Council.

A Shorten Labor Government will contribute $73 million to help eliminate one of South-East Queensland’s worst traffic black spots – the Boundary Road level crossing at Coopers Plains.
The road overpass will significantly boost productivity by reducing traffic congestion, while also improving road safety for local residents.

The Coopers Plains level crossing traverses three separate rail tracks on the Beenleigh and Gold Coast lines. The boom gates are lowered 138
times each day, causing frustration for motorists who must wait for the trains to pass.

With as many as 1,000 cars and trucks passing the level-crossing each hour, there have been numerous accidents, including 28 cases of cars hitting the boom gates over the past seven years.

That’s too many close calls.

Studies show that the number of passenger and freight trains using these lines will increase in coming years and that inaction will lead to more congestion, a reduction in productivity and even more frustration for motorists. The Palaszczuk Labor Government is currently preparing the business case for this important project.

Unfortunately, the Brisbane City Council has committed to contribute 15 per cent of the cost – well short of the 50 per cent contribution it has made to similar projects on Brisbane’s north side.

Federal Labor believes that it is time for the three levels of government to join forces and fix this black spot once and for all.

Federal Labor is keen to focus heavily on tackling traffic congestion, not only with significant investment in better public transport, but also by improving roads through practical projects such as the elimination of the Coopers Plains Crossing.

Federal Labor has a strong record of delivering for Brisbane’s south side.
It was the former Federal Labor Government, as a result of representations from Moreton MP, Graham Perrett, that fully-funded the $280 million upgrade of the intersection between Mains Road and Kessels Road. Completed in mid-2014, this project has greatly improved safety and reduced congestion along the corridor that connects the busy Ipswich, Pacific and Gateway motorways.

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