The Liberals have spent seven years promising but not delivering transport infrastructure.
Tasmanians are suffering as a result, with traffic getting worse and our public transport system failing to meet the public’s needs.
The Liberals’ inability to deliver on major infrastructure is costing time, money and most importantly jobs.
Labor’s visionary 10-year multi-billion-dollar plan will fix congestion on Tasmania’s roads, improve the state’s public transport system, enhance safety and create jobs.
Tasmanians need to ask themselves: what will traffic and our public transport system look like in ten years without an ambitious, long-term plan?
Public Transport and Active Travel
Establish a new Passenger Transport Taskforce – The new Taskforce will consult with passenger and stakeholder representatives and be tasked with the following:
- Review of bus service changes across the South, North and North West.
- Develop Integrated ticketing.
- Develop an equitable Transport Access Strategy for Tasmania.
- Commence a review of current school buses and prioritise the renewal of the fleet.
- Investigate new technology fleet options.
- Be responsible for the strategic assessment of Tasmania’s transport needs, planning, regulation and overseeing of passenger transport services across the state.
Northern Suburbs Passenger Rail and Urban Renewal Project – Labor supports the Northern Suburbs Passenger Rail and Urban Renewal Project and will use the 25 million dollars included in the Hobart City Deal to progress this project to the next stage. Labor believes this is much more than a passenger transport project it is in fact an urban renewal project.
Connecting community with employment and health services – Labor supports the extension of the CTST Area Connect Program across Tasmania to an additional 16 sites across the State. This will enable more Tasmanians, particularly rural Tasmanians to access employment, training and education.
Bringing Public Transport into the 21st Century – Labor will:
- enable local software producers to be involved in the development of a smart phone and home computer app to complement the integrated network.
- make improvements to on street bus accessibility in urban areas and make rural school bus stops safer to use.
- ensure that bus lanes are incorporated into urban planning design.
- modernize interchange facilities with new real time bus stop digital displays and improved passenger comfort and amenity.
- continue trials of bikes on buses and ride and go facilities around the State.
Labor’s commitment to invest in cycle way infrastructure across Tasmania – Labor will establish a Cycling Infrastructure Fund and invest $15 million over two years on cycling infrastructure projects across the State. Councils and the State Government will work in partnership on funding cycling infrastructure through the provision of this fund.
Labor will commit to expanding the Ride 2 School Program to ensure secondary students also experience the benefits of this program.
Greater Hobart Area Congestion Package
Eastern Shore Upgrades –
- Mornington Roundabout – Upgrading the interchanges of South Arm Highway, Cambridge Road, and Mornington Road including their interface onto the Tasman Highway.
- Flagstaff Gully link Road – Construction of new link road connecting Flagstaff Gully Road to the East Derwent Highway at either Geilston Bay Road or Sugar Loaf road.
- Rosny ramps, Gordons Hill Road – Improving the connectivity of the Rosny/Eastlands commercial area to the Tasman Highway, mitigating congestion at the Mornington interchange.
- South Arm Highway Glebe Hill to Acton Road – A 10-year plan continuing the upgrade of the south arm highway to accommodate higher traffic volumes. Upgrades are to focus on Glebe Hill through to Acton Road
- Study design work on South Arm Hwy, The Neck – Upgrade 3km of low lying road susceptible to high tides/ topping on the ‘neck’ into South Arm.
Western Shore Upgrades –
- Domain Highway, Brooker Highway – The project would consider widening the Bellevue Parade overpass on both sides and providing a dedicated lane for the Domain highway through to Risdon Road interchange
- Southern Outlet/Mac and Davey Street intersection – Project will look to improve the congestion around the Davey St/ Macquarie St interfaces onto the Southern Outlet.
- Kingston, Channel Highway Fork in the road roundabout – The project would aim to deliver a grade separated interchange, removing the need for southbound traffic to use the roundabout.
- Kingston Bypass lane addition
- Hobart Transit Centre
- Channel Highway Corridor Study Projects
- Taroona Hwy safety upgrades Huon:
- Link Road (Bypass)
- Grove Mountain River Road intersection safety upgrade
- Safety Upgrades Geeveston to Dover
- Overtaking opportunities Geeveston and Franklin
- Bruny Island sealing and safety upgrades
- Channel Hwy corridor study work
- Kingston, Channel Highway Fork in the road roundabout
Northern Tasmania Congestion Package
Northern Midlands –
- Translink Intermodel Facility, Evandale
- Upgrade to Sticky Beak’s corner, Longford
- Illawarra Rd Longford to Bass Hwy study & design
West Tamar –
- Duplication of Hwy Acropolis Drive roundabout Freshwater Point Road
- Roundabout – West Tamar and Glen Ard Mohr Road intersection
- Trevallyn to Riverside West Tamar duplication (Barnes Hill)
- Muddy Creek road (landslip on road)
George Town –
- East Arm Road
- Upgrade The Glen Road
- East Tamar Hwy and Hillwood Rd
- Progress, planning & design of Eastern Ring Road
- City Heart Traffic management
- Charles Street Bridge
- Tamar Bridge
- Congestion Solution Study, Westbury Rd Prospect to South Launceston
- Sidling Road
- Golconda Road
- Palana Road
Derwent Valley & Southern Midlands Upgrades
Derwent Valley –
- Thousand Acre Lane New Seal Stage 1
- Glenora Road upgrades
- Pioneer Ave upgrades
- Lyell Hwy New Norfolk to Granton roundabout
Southern Midlands –
- Tunnack Rd rehabilitation
- Colebrook Rd upgrade
East Coast Congestion Package
- Upgrade Tasman Hwy, Gladstone Rd to St Mary’s Pass
- Tasman Hwy improvements, Gladstone Rd to Sorell
- Wielangta Road upgrade
- Arthur Hwy
North West Tasmania Road Projects
- Commence work on Detention to Marrawah
- Sealing of Western Explorer
- West Coast Recreation Vehicle Plan between Macquarie Heads and Pieman Heads
- Four lanes from Mt Hicks roundabout to East Cam Rd
- Round Hill intersection upgrade
- Mersey Main Rd and Sheffield Rd intersection upgrades
- Leith safety improvements following genuine public consultation
- Middle Rd and Bass Hwy interface upgrade
- Main Artery of the North and North West, initial focus on upgrades between Latrobe and Deloraine
- Upgrade the intersection at Three Mile Line and Mount Rd
Supporting People with a Disability to Access Jobs
Access to transport is essential to help people get to work or training. Working age people with a disability are twice as likely to be unemployed, and limited transport options contribute to that, especially in regional areas.
Labor will reinstate a $1,000 taxi subsidy, increasing it from the current low level of $350. The scheme will be available to Tasmanians living with a disability to access jobs, education, training and appointments.
Total cost over four years: $1.96 million