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A Labor federal government would contribute $73 million towards the $210 million needed to build a long-awaited overpass over the rail line on Boundary Road at Coopers Plains.
There have been four accidents each year at the rail crossing for the past seven years.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese and federal MP for Moreton Graham Perrett announce $73 million as a share of the $210 million to replace the Coopers Plains rail crossing with an overpass.CREDIT:TONY MOORE
It was a high-priority project for Liberal federal MP Gary Hardgrave in his four terms from 1996 until 2007 but it was never funded.
Traffic at the crossing is held up for several minutes 138 times a day to let trains running from the Gold Coast to Brisbane pass through.
Opposition spokesman for infrastructure, transport, cities and regional development Anthony Albanese said Labor wanted to eliminate the bottleneck that could seriously affect train travel between Brisbane and the Gold Coast if one of those four incidents each year blocked the rail line.
“Federal Labor will fund one-third of the removal of this level crossing,” Mr Albanese said.
“That is $73 million and it should be a commitment from each level of government: local, state and federal.”
The Queensland government is eyeing options for an overpass of the rail line.
Mr Albanese said state and local governments acknowledged the rail level crossing was a major choke point.
“We know also that it is a major safety issue,” Mr Albanese said.
“Four times a year there is an accident at this very spot.”
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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