Coalition puts Cross River Rail back on the table: Emerson

September 9, 2013 – 11:17AM

An artist impression of the Cross River Rail project's Albert Street station.

An artist impression of the Cross River Rail project’s Albert Street station. Photo: Supplied

Queensland’s transport minister says the state will have more money to spend on major projects like Cross River Rail with Tony Abbott as prime minister.

Scott Emerson says the state government will consider funding projects such as the $5.2 billion underground rail project in Brisbane.

Now we have a lot more money for projects like Cross River Rail

Mr Emerson says Labor wanted states to pay 50 per cent of funding for federal roads.

However, the coalition will reintroduce the traditional 80 per cent Commonwealth federal road funding.

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“With the federal coalition in power, now we have a lot more money for projects like Cross River Rail,” he told reporters.

“So we’ll have a look at the project and see what we can do.”

Labor had promised to fund the project, but Mr Abbott has consistently said a coalition government would not fund urban rail projects.

Instead, he’s promised $6.7 million towards fixing the Bruce Highway.

Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the change in government was also great news for schools.

“I’ve had every reassurance that they’ll work with us so we can work on the priorities that states should be able to – that is, we run our schools,” he said.

Mines Minister Andrew Cripps promised the coalition win wouldn’t signal a loosening of environmental controls.

“It means a sensible arrangement between the Commonwealth and the states for the assessment and approvals for resource projects and other projects for economic development,” he said.

He said it would create certainty for business investment and jobs.

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Brisbane Times

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