Budget accelerates Pacific Highway

PEAK motoring body the NRMA has welcomed the Federal Government's increased funding commitment to the Pacific Highway in the 2011-12 Budget.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the Gillard government's $1 billion funding increase would bring the vision of a better, safer and fully duplicated national highway closer to reality.

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The extra funding will complete all the necessary detailed planning along those remaining sections of highway where this has not already occurred.

“If matched by the NSW Government, further construction could also begin in the short term including on the Frederickton to Eungai section,” Mr Albanese said.

“This task is given even greater urgency by the fact that interstate freight between Sydney and Brisbane is predicted to almost triple by 2029, with 80% of this growth expected to be carried by trucks using the Pacific Highway.

NRMA Motoring & Services president Wendy Machin said the funding would see all planning completed along the remaining sections of the highway.

“By accelerating the work on the Pacific Highway we hope that the 2016 deadline will be met,” Ms Machin said.

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