Cross River Rail, Queensland’s biggest infrastructure project, has a new appointed minister to oversee its completion.
Kate Jones has been appointed Queensland Minister for Cross River Rail as well as Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development. Ms Jones was formerly the Minister for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said, “We’re investing $5.4 billion in the Cross River Rail project.
“It’s a massive project that will create thousands of jobs, result in more train services and less congestion.
“It will mean 24 trains running in both directions each hour when it’s complete and take up to 18,500 car trips off south-east Queensland roads each day.
“Kate Jones helped oversee the delivery of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games which were labelled the best ever.
“Like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games delivered benefits that will last for decades, Cross River Rail will deliver benefits well into the future.”
Ms Jones said the project would transform the entire south-east Queensland rail network.
“I’m pleased to be taking Cross River Rail on as an area of responsibility.
“It will mean more trains and more train stations for south-east Queensland.
“Queensland is a growing state and we need to ensure we plan and prepare for the future.
“Part of that is building the public transport we need. That’s why we’re investing $5.4 billion to deliver Cross River Rail.”
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have been delivered and have been removed from the Minister’s title.