Southern Integrated Transport Plan Launched

Integrated Transport Plan

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The State Government has launched a plan which sets out the strategic framework for planning and investing in Southern Tasmania’s regional transport system over the next 20 years.

Infrastructure Minister Lara Giddings said the plan was a collaborative initiative between the Government, Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority and 12 member councils.

“This is the third and final regional transport plan for Tasmania, with Northern and Cradle Coast plans already in place,” Ms Giddings said.

“It is an excellent example of State and local government co-operating to improve strategic planning outcomes.

Key transport infrastructure priorities over the next five years include:

  • determining future upgrades for the Brooker, Tasman and South Arm Highways and rural roads;
  • the Brighton and Kingston bypasses; and
  • rail infrastructure maintenance and planning.

“The Plan is a key component of the State and local government overall transport planning hierarchy and links to statewide initiatives such as the Tasmanian Infrastructure Strategy and Tasmanian Urban Passenger Transport Framework, and council strategies, including Kingborough and Hobart City Council’s sustainable transport strategies,” Ms Giddings said.

The plan focuses on key challenges facing the region in moving towards a safer and more sustainable transport system, including how to:

  • better integrate transport and land use planning;
  • facilitate a greater use of transport other than cars, including public transport, walking and cycling;
  • maximise the use of existing infrastructure; and
  • achieve a safer transport system.

Ms Giddings and Mr McKim said that it was essential the plan integrated with a future Capital City Plan and the Southern regional land use strategy, both currently under development.

“The plan identifies the need for more frequent bus services and better travel information which will help improve public transport and make it an attractive alternative to cars,” Mr McKim said.

“It also highlights the need for bus priority on roads to make bus travel quicker.

“These measures will help to improve patronage and also reduce road congestion and CO2 emissions,” Mr McKim said.

The Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Rob Valentine, said the Southern Integrated Transport Plan was a good start to improving the development of a better, more co-ordinated approach to planning in Southern Tasmania.

“Along with the development of the Southern Tasmanian Land Use Strategy this is a good foundation for improving the transparency and clarity of planning,” he said.

“We see this co-operative approach as a good starting point, but are keen to ensure these documents don’t just end up sitting on the shelf gathering dust.

“We want to continue to work with the State Government to make the Transport Plan a reality.

“There are a number of practical things that have been identified in the plan that now need to be actioned.”

The plan is supported by a five-year Action Plan to identify, prioritise and take forward specific activities. The Plan will be updated annually and overseen by a joint State-local government steering committee.