RACT is reminding recently elected MHRs and Senators of their election promises and the organisation's current priority issues.
Bass Highway intersections at Wynyard continue to be a concern and while we are supportive of the recent Black Spot Program allocation of $650 000 to install right hand turning lanes at the intersection of Reservoir Drive and the Bass Highway, there is still more funding required to address the safety issues presented by intersections at Calder Avenue, Deep Creek Road and Oldina Road.
Prior to the election, the Liberals committed $2.13 million to remedial treatments at these intersections and we would like to see this honoured as a matter of urgency, particularly as the state is entering the busy summer tourist period when there will be even more traffic on our roads.
Due to growth in suburbs to the east of Hobart, there are unacceptably high levels of traffic congestion during peak commuting times. The most problematic locations are the roundabout at Holyman Avenue, which is the only access to Hobart Airport from the Tasman Highway, a roundabout at Penna Road, which is the primary access road into Midway Point and two causeways that connect Midway Point and Sorell.
Both Liberal and Labor committed more than $30 million to implementing a solution at Holyman Avenue and we believe this issue requires an immediate solution with the need for Government to move quickly to allow better flow of local and tourist traffic.
A long-term strategy for traffic congestion in Hobart is also identified as a critically important issue. Major congestion issues throughout the year have impacted domestic and business traffic significantly and media reports have identified Hobart as the third most congested city in Australia and with the city's population sitting at only 300,000, which is unacceptable.
While we welcome the recent summit and the various measures suggested, we are calling for the development of a long-term strategy to better prepare for peak commuting times as the current infrastructure and transport systems do not support the necessary carriage of vehicles.
In addition, there are a number of priorities not addressed by the major parties during the election campaign. These include:
- Commitment of funding for the remainder of the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan.
- Improvements to roads servicing key tourist destinations.
- Development of a new Bridgewater Bridge.
- Long term support for the Keys2Drive learner driver program.