Turnbull promising $594m for Inland Rail project

THE Turnbull Government has also vowed to spend $594 million on the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail project from 2017 to 2020.

The project was on top of Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio's wish list.

Once built, each train that travels the freight line is expected to remove 110 B-Double trucks from the road.

For now the funds will be used to purchase land and investigate how the massive infrastructure project could be developed.

The building of the rail line will create 800 jobs, with 600 employed once it begins operation.

The good news comes as Toowoomba prepares to be inundated with more than half a billion dollars in the coming financial year.

The Federal Government has re-affirmed funding for the Second Range Crossing and an upgrade to parts of the Warrego Highway.

Despite emphasising immense financial pressures on the budget this year, the government's budget papers show the Second Bypass development would be given $493.4 million over the next 12 months.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said his budget would not be about "splashing money around" but that would not stop the government from spending $50 billion on national infrastructure projects including the Toowoomba bypass and highway upgrade.

The Warrego Highway upgrade from Toowoomba to Miles would widen the pavement, add extra lanes, overtaking lanes and improve intersections.

The government has allocated $41.3 million to the improvements, but would ultimately spend $508 million on the stretch by 2020.

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