By Catherine King, Terri Butler and Graham Perrett

03 May 2022

An Albanese Labor Government will unlock congestion across Coorparoo and Coopers Plains by finally taking action to remove two of Brisbane’s worst level crossings.

Labor will invest $233 million to remove both the Coopers Plains Level Crossing Removal at Boundary Road and the Coorparoo Level Crossing Removal at Cavendish Road. These projects will be delivered in partnership with the Palaszczuk state government and the Brisbane City Council.

Both of these level crossings have been identified by RACQ as some of Queensland’s worst.

By removing them, an Albanese Labor Government will not only allow locals to spend more time at home and less on the road, but will deliver safer roads to local drivers, pedestrians and train drivers.

Today’s announcement is the latest step in an Albanese Labor Government’s plan to unblock congestion across Brisbane, delivering more jobs and a better future for local families.

Even before today’s announcements, Labor has already announced that we will:

  • Widen Longlea Road
  • Upgrade the Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue
  • Dual lane Bribie Island Road, and;
  • Plan future upgrades along the Ipswich Motorway, Gympie Road and Springfield to Ipswich Rail Line extension

When complete, these investments will deliver a better life to working families across Brisbane, and help remove key traffic pinch points with the 2032 Olympics on the horizon.

While the Morrison Government wastes money on imaginary commuter car parks in Melbourne, an Albanese Labor Government will do the hard work of delivering the infrastructure upgrades that locals across Brisbane really need.

Attributable to Catherine King:

“Infrastructure investments like this deliver a better life for locals across Brisbane.

“These upgrades are no brainers. If the Morrison Government really cared about locals these would have been delivered long ago.

“Only an Albanese Labor Government can be trusted to build the infrastructure this community really needs.”

Attributable to Graham Perrett:

“This level crossing is one of the worst traffic pinch points for locals heading to work or taking the kids to school.

“It doesn’t only slow us down, but it’s unsafe.

“Only Labor will work with the Queensland Government to deliver the infrastructure our community deserves.”

Attributable to Terri Butler:

“This announcement is a massive win for our local community. There have been over 61 near misses at this crossing over the last decade.

“This has been a long time coming. For too long, Southside residents in Griffith have missed out on funding for important infrastructure like this.

“I’ve been campaigning for this upgrade since 2014 and over 300 locals have signed my petition.

“Only Labor will deliver.”