Coalition quiet on Bruce Hwy

THE Federal Coalition is keeping mum on funding commitments for the Bruce Highway after it pledged more than $5 billion to the duplication of the Pacific Highway in New South Wales.

Nationals Leader Warren Truss, with the backing of Liberal Leader Tony Abbott, announced the funding would be provided to the Pacific Highway on the weekend at the Nationals' federal conference in Canberra.

Mr Truss said the federal branch stood "ready to play our part with Queensland" on the Bruce Highway, promising the party would have more to say on roads.

But two days after the conference, the party went silent on whether it would pledge funds to the highway commonly known as "the goat track" in the sunshine state.

However, on a recent Coalition road trip on the highway, Mr Truss did tell reporters the Coalition would increase funding for the highway.

What remains to be seen is how much the Opposition was willing to commit to the project, and over what timeframe - an announcement expected to come in the lead-up to the federal election.


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