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CROSS River Rail will be the State Government’s new Adani political time bomb. The city rail plan does not invoke the same passions as those anti or pro-mine supporters, however, it is becoming a looming political problem that exposes the Government to inexplicable stubbornness and recklessness.
It is digging in its heels, while digging itself in a hole, and giving regional Queenslanders a two-fingered salute.
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In July 2017 Infrastructure Australia said, “it has not included the current proposal for Cross River Rail as a Project on the Infrastructure Priority List at this time.
“Infrastructure Australia considers that the benefits of the proposed project, as set out in the business case, are significantly overstated, and that the costs of the project as currently presented are likely to exceed its benefits.”
It is understood IA still considers the plan incomplete from a business case perspective.
Labor in Queensland has cursed itself with infrastructure inertia, unable to match the big ideas or big spending of Victoria or NSW because it is blinded by its cause to build Cross River Rail.
It is understood IA still considers the Cross River Rail plan incomplete from a business case perspective.Brisbane City Council’s Metro plan, a proposed high-frequency bus rapid transit system, is said to have greater benefits than the Cross River Rail. But inner-city seat holder, Treasurer Jackie Trad, is desperate for Cross River Rail to go ahead because she has invested so much energy in the project that also suits her green leanings and seat.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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