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Motorists and commuters to benefit from budget cash splash

Jessica Yun

The Morrison government has announced in the 2019-20 budget it will set aside $100 billion over 10 years on infrastructure – and they’re promising faster travel times, less congestion, and more jobs.

Melbourne and Brisbane will be more connected than ever before thanks to the $9.3 billion inland rail project already underway, with whispers of fast rail for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

State by state, these are the infrastructure projects that might change how you travel in the future:

NSW: $7.3 billion

Already underway: Much fanfare has already been made about the new Western Sydney (Nancy-Bird Walton) International Airport, $5.3 billion project.

But the federal government has also set aside $7.3 billion for work to be done on the following five projects or initiatives:

  • M1 Pacific Motorway: Extension to Raymond Terrace ($1.6bn)

  • Western Sydney Rail ($3.5bn)

  • Princes Highway ($500m)

  • Urban Congestion Fund ($254m)

  • Roads of Strategic Importance ($496m)

VIC: $6.2 billion

Already underway: Travellers will soon be able to commute more easily to Melbourne Airport with a new Rail Link being developed for a cool $5 billion price tag.

This is how the government wants to spend $6.2 billion on Victoria’s infrastructure:

    • Suburban Roads Upgrades (South Eastern and Northern Roads) – $1.1 billion

    • South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Rail – $700 million

    • Western Highway (Final Stage of Duplication from Ararat to Stawell) – $360 million

    • Urban Congestion Fund – $396 million

    • Roads of Strategic Importance – $490 million

The Morrison government has announced spending to improve commuter networks. Source: Getty Images
The Morrison government has announced spending to improve commuter networks. Source: Getty Images

QLD: $4 billion

Already underway: Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail

Queensland is also in line for six new projects:

  • Bruce Highway ($425 million)

  • Gateway Motorway (Bracken Ridge to Pine River) ($800 million)

  • Warrego Highway ($320 million)

  • Urban Congestion Fund ($379 million)

  • Roads of Strategic Importance (North) ($824 million)

  • Roads of Strategic Importance (South) ($186 million)

SA: $2.6 billion

  • North-South Corridor ($1.5 billion)

  • SA Regional Roads Package $260 million Urban Congestion Fund ($341 million)

  • Roads of Strategic Importance ($220 million)

WA: $1.6 billion

  • Tonkin Highway $349 million

  • Fremantle Traffic Bridge $115 million

  • Albany Ring Road $140 million

  • Urban Congestion Fund $122 million

  • Roads of Strategic Importance (North) $393 million

  • Roads of Strategic Importance (South) $142 million

NT: $622 million

  • Roads of Strategic Importance $492 million

TAS: $313 million

  • Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program $68 million

  • Urban Congestion Fund $35 million

  • Roads of Strategic Importance $210 million

ACT: $50 million

  • Kings Highway Corridor ($30 million)

  • William Slim Drive duplication ($20 million)