Jun 24, 2016

Labor will drive the agenda on Greater Hobart congestion

An elected Labor Government will break the gridlock on congestion in Greater Hobart.

Labor’s Greater Hobart Transport Plan is the missing link to allow local councils to take an integrated approach to address congestion and develop future transport solutions.

Despite a dramatic increase in traffic volumes in recent months the Tasmanian Government still has no integrated traffic system that can model and assess the impact of new transport options, changing bus routes and road closures in Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy and Kingborough.

Mr Albanese said the Tasmanian Government’s current approach to congestion management has local councils working in the dark.

“Local councils have expressed their frustration with the lack of leadership and detail on traffic in Greater Hobart,” he said.

“Federal Labor will step in to fill this gap and deliver $500,000 seed funding to integrate the local traffic modelling system and finally allow councils to work smart, and work together.

“This investment will give councils and the Tasmanian Government the opportunity  to genuinely consider transport options like rapid bus services and rail and consider the impact changes will have on congestion.

“Labor’s plan for a fully integrated transport partnership in greater Hobart will put people first and connect Tasmanians to good jobs and happy lives,” he said.

Labor’s Candidate for Denison, Jane Austin, said Labor’s Greater Hobart Transport Plan will also contribute $750,000 to major improvements to the Hobart Bus Mall as the central interchange for public transport in Greater Hobart.

“Public transport and increasing patronage is critical to reducing congestion,” she said.

“Decent infrastructure such as shelters, seating and up-to-date scheduling will allow more Tasmanians to use quality public transport systems.

“Labor will address a lack of decent public transport infrastructure in Greater Hobart because it disproportionally impacts those on low incomes,” she said.

Ms Collins said Labor will also deliver $1 million to deliver a Bellerive Public Ferry pier.

“The integration of ferries between the city and the eastern shore has the capacity to truly connect Greater Hobart.

“With the ongoing $12 million Kangaroo Bay transformation (including Labors’ $5 million investment), blockbuster AFL games and international cricket at Blundstone Area, and growing tourism numbers, ferries are vital,” she said.

Clarence Council, Marine and Safety Tasmania, and private parties will also contribute to the $3.2 million Bellerive Public Ferry pier.

The Greater Hobart Transport Plan comes in addition to Labor’s record commitment to infrastructure in Tasmania, including $32 million for the Hobart Airport roundabout, $1 million for upgrades to the Bass Highway and replacing the $100 million the Liberals’ cut from the Midland Highway.

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