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The year ahead

Key programs continuing in 2020–21 and beyond include:

  • implementing the Queensland Freight Strategy Advancing Freight in Queensland
  • developing the two year rolling Queensland Freight Action Plan
  • developing the Queensland Freight Access Framework
  • securing Australian Government investment to progress the delivery of priorities on the Bruce Highway, as per the Future-proofing the Bruce election commitments and established the Bruce Highway Trust that will develop a 15 year vision and initial Action Plan to identify those priorities
  • progressing planning and delivery of road and other transport infrastructure upgrades announced in the 2020 Federal Budget
  • working across the department to develop the rolling four year investment and performance plan for maintenance, preservation and operation of the state-controlled road network
  • maintaining an increased commitment to the Maintenance, Preservation and Operations program budget over the forward estimates period, in keeping with the department's investment priorities of running and maintaining the existing transport network
  • continued research through the National Assets Centre of Excellence (a research collaboration between the department and the Australian Road Research Board) to improve asset management practice and identify innovative treatments to extend the life of infrastructure assets
  • liaising with Building Queensland to progress business cases for major transport infrastructure projects, including the Bruce Highway (Rockhampton Ring Road)
  • working with local governments that have formed 17 Regional Roads and Transport Groups across Queensland under the Roads and Transport Alliance, including the management of the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme
  • continuing the $12.6 billion Queensland and Australian government funded program to upgrade the Bruce Highway (2013–14 to 2027–28)
  • continuing the Queensland and Australian government funded upgrades on the M1 Pacific Motorway, including the following:
  • $1 billion for Varsity Lakes to Tugun project
  • $750 million for Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill project
  • $192.6 million Interchange upgrades Exit 41 and Exit 49
  • continuing the $279.7 million Queensland and Australian government funding for the Queensland component of the Northern Australia Roads Program (2016–17 to 2020–21)
  • continuing the $76.1 million Queensland and Australian government funding for the Queensland component of the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program (2016–17 to 2019–20)
  • continuing construction activities of the $812.9 million Queensland and Australian government funded Bruce Highway six-laning upgrade between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway
  • continuing delivery of the $550.8 million Queensland and Australian government funded North Coast Line – Beerburrum to Nambour rail project
  • continuing construction of the $514.3 million Queensland and Australian government funded Haughton River Floodplain project on the Bruce Highway, north of Ayr
  • finalising delivery of the $497.4 million Queensland and Australian government funded Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 project
  • finalising delivery of the $189.2 million Eton Range Realignment project on the Peak Downs Highway
  • continuing construction of the $481 million Queensland and Australian government funded Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale
  • continuing delivery of the $400 million Queensland and Australian government funded Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1 project
  • delivering the $25 million Queensland Government funded Pacific Motorway Oxenford Interchange (Exit 57) upgrade
  • continuing planning of the Coomera Connector, an additional north-south transport corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, focusing on Stage 1 the southern section between Coomera and Nerang
  • continuing Queensland and Australian government funded upgrades on the Mount Lindesay Highway including the $20 million Camp Cable Road to Johanna Street upgrade, featuring the new Jimboomba Creek Bridge and the $20 million upgrade between Rosia Road and Stoney Camp Road
  • continuing delivery of the $121 million Queensland and Australian government funded Bruce Highway Upgrade– Rockhampton Northern Access – Stage 1
  • commencing construction on the $150 million Walkerston Bypass
  • commencing detailed design for the $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road project
  • undertaking community consultation for the scoping phase of the $80 million Yeppoon Road Upgrade project, under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative
  • continuing delivery of the $164 million Queensland Government funded Smithfield Bypass project
  • continuing construction of the $120.4 million Queensland and Australian government funded Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project
  • continuing delivery of the $104.1 million Queensland and Australian government funded upgrade of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 4 between Kate Street (renamed Links Drive) and Aumuller Street in Cairns
  • continuing delivery of the $75 million Queensland and Australian government funded Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton–Duaringa): Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication project
  • continuing delivery of the $80 million Sumners Road Interchange Upgrade
  • continuing delivery of the Marine Infrastructure and Targeted Road Safety programs
  • improving road safety by delivering initiatives in the Queensland Road Safety Action Plan 2020–21 focused on safer roads for Queenslanders, getting people into safer vehicles, encouraging safer road use, and strengthening partnerships including our work through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan 2019–21
  • providing a safe and accessible transport network by ensuring contemporary policy and legislation frameworks, and by influencing behavioural change
  • delivering safety treatments through the Targeted Road Safety Program, including high risk route actions, flashing school zone signs, discrete site treatments, township entry treatments and targeted safety interventions
  • finalising the Hold the Red intersection avoidance system trial with the view to potentially expand the number of sites
  • investing in innovative safety treatments by trialling Rural Intersection Activated Warning Signs (RIAWS) and flexible cams
  • examining improvements to road user safety that can be realised through connected vehicle technology
  • facilitating improved heavy vehicle access while ensuring a safe environment for all users of Queensland's road network
  • continuing to improve maritime safety and community satisfaction by facilitating the safe movement and interaction of vessels in Queensland waters including the protection of the marine environment from ship-sourced pollution
  • continuing to educate recreational mariners and increase their awareness of responsibilities leading to safe, clean seas
  • contributing to the environmentally sustainable development and planning of Queensland waters through the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan
  • continuing work with owners to remove derelict vessels and promote a culture of responsible boat ownership, as part of the outcomes from the work undertaken by the War on Wrecks taskforce
  • continuing to refine online services through identifying usability challenges affecting customer's satisfaction with and usage of the department's online and mobile app services and developing remedies to these challenges
  • pursuing improvements to the Queensland Compliance Information System used by the department's transport inspectors, to improve quality and efficiency of service delivery to drivers and operators of heavy and passenger transport vehicles
  • expanding the use of automation tools which offer customer service staff improved timeliness, speed and consistency of service when helping customers. These tools will give staff more time to upskill and possibly open a variety of career path opportunities within the department.
  • pursuing systems which are likely to reduce customer wait times and allow customer service centres to better manage queues by allowing customers to pre-book an appointment for complex and lengthy transactions via a digital (online) service, while aiming to also address a major business continuity risk for the in-house system used to book vehicle inspections and driving tests
  • continue delivering the $371.1 million Smart Ticketing project – a new, seamless, and integrated ticketing experience across the TransLink network and urban buses in 18 regional centres
  • implementation of actions within the Disability Action Plan 2018–2022 to improve the accessibility of the passenger transport network for people with disabilities, such as:
  • continuing the program of work of the Accessible Transport Networks team
  • continuing to provide funding through dedicated programs to upgrade existing and provide new, accessible passenger transport infrastructure
  • providing passenger transport concessions for people with disability, in accordance with the concessions framework
  • continuing the provision of taxi subsidies for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants while services are integrated and transitioned to the NDIS
  • providing additional funding for a grant program to ensure the sustainability of Queensland's wheelchair accessible taxi fleet through replacement of aged vehicles and converting some conventional vehicles to wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • commencing the $335.7 million roll-out of accessibility upgrades to the 75 New Generation Rollingstock trains to be delivered locally at Maryborough
  • continuing other passenger transport initiatives such as the:
  • Demand Responsive Transport trial in Logan to make it easier for passengers to get around their local area and connect people with bus and train services
  • Local Fare Scheme in Far North Queensland to assist with affordability of air travel in those regional and remote areas
  • implementation of stage three personalised transport reforms.
  • continuing to deliver the Fare Evasion Project as part of the Queensland Government's commitment to addressing deliberate fare evasion on public transport services in South East Queensland, which is estimated to cost taxpayers approximately $25 million in lost revenue annually
  • continuing to deliver the New Generation Bus contracts for regional Queensland
  • continuing to deliver reconstruction works following the monsoon trough (January/February 2019) and Queensland bushfires (September to December 2019).