RACT Road Funding Priorities

RACT is committed to ensuring Tasmania's roads are safe and accessible for all road users, enabling them to navigate the state with ease.
This is why we have developed a list of key funding priorities for our island state, which include commitments 
made by the Tasmania​n Government ahead of the 2018 State Election.

RACT will keep track of the Government's commitments and ensure they deliver on their promises for Tasmania.

This list, which also includes issues the community has brought to our attention,  also​​ cosiders Tasmanian crash 
data, Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) data and RACT Advoacy Advisory Committee input.

The key road priorities have been identified as:

Bass Highway 10 year plan
Tasmanian Government Election CommitmentProgress
1  Bass Highway (Christmas Hills)Funding for safety upgradesIncluded in a $20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe​.​​State:

$4 million for planning and preparation of upgrade of Bass Highway between Deloraine and Latrobe. 


$16 million  contribution.
2  Bass Highway (Parramatta Creek)​New passing lanes​Included in a ​$20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe.


$4 million for planning and preparation of upgrade of Bass Highway between Deloraine and Latrobe.  


$16 million  contribution.

3  Bass Highway (Wynyard intersections)​Additional funding of up to $15 million to consolidate intersections​Contribution from of $570,000 plus Federal contribution of $2.3 million.​Safety improvements have recently been completed at four intersections, with one other on hold as council support is secured.​​​
4  Bass Highway (Wynyard to Marrawah)​Funding for safety upgrades$40 million from the Tasmanian Government and $60 million from Federal Government to improve this section of highway.​$100 million co-funded over the forward estimates under the Roads of Strategic Importance package​.
​​Greater Hobart 10 Year Plan​​​Tasmanian Government 
Election Commitment
5  Bridgewater BridgeReplacement of bridge​$115 million from State towards the bridge replacement​Federal Government
commitment of $461 million.
6  Eastern Hobart Approach - Sorell/Midway Point causeways, airport roundabout and Tasman Bridge​Additional funding to extend works past airport 
$30 million Hobart Airport Interchange with Australian Government support.

$27 million worth of projects for the South East Traffic Solution include: 

Tasman Highway between Tasmania Golf Club and airport roundabout ($5 million).

Midway Point interesection solution ($7.5 million).

Overtaking opportunities on Arthur Highway ($5 million).

Southern Sorell bypass ($9 million).

Feasibility study for duplication of Tasman Highway between Hobart and Sorell ($500,000).

Airport funding of $24 million from Federal and $6 million from State.
​South East solution​ funding of $21 million, without Tasman Highway duplication costings.


Total of $130 million from the Federal Government towards Hobart-Sorell corridor from the Roads of Strategic Importance package​​​.

7 Hobart Traffic Congestion​Congestion relieving measures
Fifth lane on Southern Outlet ($35 million).

Range of projects on Davey and Macquarie Streets ($16 million).

Support for Derwent River 
ferry service ($2 million).
Establishment of a Traffic Incident Response Team ($1.2 million).

Bus priority measures ($1.2 million).

Planning to relieve pinch points ($625,000).

Progression of a Bus Transit Centre concept ($750,000).

Develop a Greater Hobart Transport Masterplan (uncosted).

$30.8 million budgeted over 4 years for Greater Hobart Traffic Vision.


$25 million towards Hobart Congestion Package.

$10 million for Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solutions.

Tasmanian Tourist Roads​ ​
8 Hastings Caves Road​Part of package to support Tasmania's visitor economy - budget years not specified
​9 Wielangta Road
10 Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond​Included in state road upgrades  (South)
11 Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck​Part of package to support Tasmania's visitor economy - budget years not specified
12 Bruny Island​Part of package to support Tasmania's visitor economy - budget years not specified
Road Safety Upgrades ​
13 ​Huon Highway - Sandfly  JunctionFunding for safety upgrades​​Included in state road upgrades (South)
14 West Tamar Highway (Craythorne Road to Atkinsons Road)​Funding for safety upgrades​$2.5 million to reconstruct and widen the highway between the intersections with Atkinsons Road and Waldhorn Drive 
15 Mowbray Connector - East Tamar Highway Construction of flyover
16 ​Channel Highway at Howden​Funding for safety upgradesIncluded in state road upgrades (South)
17 Wynyard to Smithton​Passing opportunities​Included in state road upgrades (North West)
All Roads​ ​
​​17 Upg​rade to minimum 3-star AusRAP rating

Other key priorities have been identified as:

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​​Drive down motoring costs​Ta​smanian Government​​​Election Commitment​​Progress
1 Fair motoring taxes
​No increases in motoring costs
2 Timely and accurate fuel pricing information​Empower the consumer to make informed decisions
Code of Practice introduced on May 7, 2018 with full compliance expected by June 30.
Fix congestion in Hobart and Launceston​Develop long-term congestion strategiesGreater Hobart Traffic Management.​$30.8 million budgeted over 4 years for Greater Hobart Traffic Vision.
​​Harness the emergence of future mobility optionsTasmanian Government​Election Commitment​Progress
5 Leverage electric technologies
​Invest in charging stations and incentive programs$250,000 to support the rollout of charging stations​.Funds committed in current budget and forward estimates.
6 Prepare for autonomous vehicles
​Explore opportunities for a trial
7 Plan for infrastructure requirements
​Develop policies that ensure emerging technologies are considered in construction projects
Review regulations and legislation​​Establish best practice principles through a review of leading cities around the world
​​Create the safest possible road environment for Tasmanians and visitors​Tasmanian Government Election Commitment​Progress
10 Child restraint safety
Better training for state government agencies
11 Safe driving campaigns​ for tourists​Establishment of educational resources for domestic and international tourists focusing on the mode of arrival​Website launched in Feb 2018​.