May 5, 2016

Labor to upgrade Hobart Airport Roundabout

An elected Labor Government will invest $32 million to upgrade the Hobart Airport Roundabout to ease congestion and boost tourism and trade.

This project will reduce travel times for local residents and visitors, increase productivity for truck freight, enhance trade opportunities for local producers, and improve access to the commercial precinct

The $40 million project will deliver a grade-separated overpass to remove the current bottleneck and allow free movement of vehicles on the Tasman Highway.

Residents living in Midway Point, Sorell and Forcett will be the key beneficiaries of reduced travel times and less congestion.

The funding is based on the State Government contributing $8 million to get the job done.

The Hobart Airport is also the main gateway to Tasmania with two million passengers entering the state by air every year.

With passenger numbers forecast to increase by 130 per cent and aircraft movements expected to double over the next 20 years, there has never been a more important time to invest in infrastructure in Tasmania.

Traffic around the airport will also more than double over the coming decade making tackling congestion and boosting productivity critical tasks to supporting growth.

The upgraded Hobart Roundabout will also help drive growth in Tasmania’s booming aquaculture industry, which relies on efficient access to the airport for airfreight of high value, high perishable produce.

In stark contrast the Coalition has failed Tasmanians, cutting Midland Highway funding by $100 million, the Rail Revitalisation Program by $60 million and failing to commit a single new dollar of infrastructure funding during its three years in office.

Tasmanians know that the only way their state will receive the infrastructure funding it needs to support jobs and growth is with a Federal Labor Government.