Australia’s Queensland Government has released details of its A$27.5bn ($21.1bn) four-year transport investment plan.

The plan outlines the government’s current and planned investments in road and rail infrastructure for the next four years.

Around A$2.1bn ($1.6bn) will be invested in upgrades to the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway in northern Brisbane.

The plan allocates A$1.1bn ($847.4m) for upgrading the Rockhampton Ring Road, while the Pacific Motorway upgrades from Varsity Lakes to Tugun and from Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway will each receive A$1bn ($770m).

Other key road investments include A$543.9m ($419m) for an upgrade to the Warrego Highway, as well as A$932.2m ($718.2m) for an upgrade from the Bruce Highway Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway.

Some of these road projects will be jointly funded with the federal government.

The investment plan is expected to fuel Queensland’s economic recovery following the pandemic. The record investment will also support 24,000 jobs.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said: “Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve injected an extra A$1.3bn ($1bn) into the economy to accelerate almost 200 road and transport projects and support jobs when they were needed.

“This budget boosts infrastructure investment so we don’t lose momentum on Queensland’s economic recovery.”

Mr Bailey said that A$13bn ($10bn) of joint funding has been earmarked for upgrading priority sections of the 1,700km highway over the next ten years.

The government will focus on improving key road and port connections to facilitate freight movement across the state.

The state will also continue building charging stations, with more Queenslanders expected to switch to electric vehicles over the the coming years.

In April, the state government completed the A$80m ($61m) upgrade of the Sumners Road Interchange six months ahead of schedule.

The road interchange on the Centenary Motorway, considered one of the busiest interchanges in Brisbane, was given two additional bridges and six lanes.