Bruce Hwy's Northern Access upgrade ‘not needed’ in budget

THE Federal Government has enough to worry about, let alone stretching its budget to commit to a Rockhampton Northern Access upgrade.

That's what Rocky's Own Transport chief executive office Bryan Smith believes at this stage anyway.

Mr Smith wasn't expecting the condition of the main trunk line between Mackay and Gladstone to be a major priority in the Federal Budget to be delivered tonight.

He was referring more to the Federal Government's promise to mitigate traffic congestion between Yeppoon Rd and the northern boundaries of Rockhampton on the Bruce Hwy by adding two extra traffic lanes.

A frequent user of the main transit line, Mr Smith said although he acknowledged the Rockhampton Northern Access upgrade was a commitment on the Federal Government's agenda, it wasn't necessary at the moment.

"There isn't much traffic congestion in that area," he said.

"The LNP has got a messy clean-up at this point in time, trying to fill a black hole left by the previous government.

"You can't keep hounding them and I suspect they have a lot on their plate.

"From my point of view a commitment towards the (Rockhampton Northern Access upgrade) project would be great, but it's not necessary from a community perspective."

Locals will be keeping their eyes peeled on tonight's budget.



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