A $730 million congestion-busting package is set to secure Hobart’s long-term future as a productive and liveable city, according to Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge.
Driving this commitment will be $486 million from the Federal Government and $221 million from the Tasmanian Government to bolster a range of transport infrastructure projects.
In addition, the Greater Hobart Councils will be contributing $23 million to the ‘Greater Hobart Transport Vision’ as part of the overall package.
Mr. Tudge said this element of the Deal would secure a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective transport system.
“Hobart suffers congestion at times, just like other cities,” he said.
“Hobart is also growing and we want to eliminate those local, frustrating pinch-points but also future-proof the wider network for the next generations.
“This is all about reducing congestion so the community can spend more time with family and friends and less time in the car, providing significant civil construction jobs and making it easier for Tasmania’s world-famous industries to get their goods to market.”
At the centre of this raft of infrastructure investment is $461 million from the Federal Government and $115 million from the Hodgman Government to jointly fund the Bridgewater Bridge replacement—the largest transport infrastructure project in Hobart’s history.
Other investments will include a fifth lane for the Southern Outlet, a South East Traffic Package, progressing a Hobart Transit Centre, establishing a Derwent Ferry Service, modernising and integration of the public transport system, and considering ways to improve transport flows around and through the CBD including Macquarie and Davey Streets.
The Federal Government is also committing an additional $25 million to ease congestion and improve access in and around the city’s Northern Suburbs by activating the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor.
Attorney-General and Liberal Member for Clark, Elise Archer, identified the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor Growth Strategy as potentially a game-changer for the city.
“The Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor is a priority area for urban renewal under the City Deal,” Ms. Archer said.
“A greater diversity of housing solutions will be encouraged along the corridor and this will support the future delivery of the most effective public transport solution, while also reducing congestion,” she said.
The Federal Government’s $25 million commitment to the corridor is part of its $1 billion nationwide Urban Congestion Fund, which is tackling the economic and social cost of congestion in major cities by fixing congestion hot spots.
“Building on the work undertaken to date, the Tasmanian Government and the Hobart and Glenorchy Councils will develop a strategy for urban renewal and activation of the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor along the existing rail corridor,” Ms. Archer said.
The Hodgman Government has also allocated an additional $20 million towards the better utilisation of transport infrastructure to help address congestion affecting the Kingborough municipal area. To complement this new commitment to the region, a further $800,000 will be spent redeveloping the Kingston bus interchange and providing a higher volume of services.
Hobart’s transformative City Deal commits all levels of government to work together to deliver a transport vision to keep the Tasmanian capital and surrounding areas moving for decades to come.