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Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will back the controversial Cross River Rail project with a $2.24 billion cash splash.
Mr Shorten will travel to Brisbane on Monday to announce funding for the state Labor-backed project, The Courier-Mail reports.
The funding will include $800 million towards construction of the $5.4 billion, 10km line between West End and Bowen Hills, and will provide a 50-50 split for the running of the project.
Annastacia Palaszczuk's government had previously committed to funding the entire project by itself after it was snubbed by the Turnbull Government.
However Mr Shorten said the project was crucial for busting congestion in the Brisbane CBD.
"This is southeast Queensland's number one infrastructure project - that's why Labor is making it a priority," Mr Shorten said.
"This will allow more trains, more often. It will take cars off the road and get traffic moving."
Mr Shorten is also expected to reveal Labor will match the prime minister's recent $1 billion promise to widen two sections of the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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