RACT Priorities for the 2018 Election

RACT launched its Tasmanian election priorities prior to the March 2018 State election.

We kept an eye on commitments made by each of the major parties and now we look forward to seeing action and progress.

​​​​​​​​​​​The RACT used feedback from the 2017 RACT member survey, as well as Tasmanian crash data, Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) data and RACT Regional Advisory Group input to identify 18 road infrastructure funding priorities.

With responses from almost 7000 members, the survey identified key areas where urgent repairs and upgrades are needed on our roads.

​The table below represents RACT's priorities and the commitments made during the the Tasmanian election campaign.

The key road priorities have been identified as:

Bass Highway 10 year plan
1  Bass Highway (Christmas Hills)Funding for safety upgrades

Safety upgrades including a centre holding bay ($2m)

2  Bass Highway (Parramatta Creek)​New passing lanes​Co-invest in a $20m project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe
3  Bass Highway (Wynyard intersections)​Additional funding of up to $15M to consolidate intersections​Contribution from current Government of $570,000 plus Federal contribution of $2.3 million
4  Bass Highway (Wynyard to Marrawah)​Funding for safety upgrades​$40 million to upgrade section between Wynyard and Marrawah​Commitment of $6 million for repairs between Detention and Marrawah
​​Greater Hobart 10 Year Plan​​​Liberal​Labor​Greens
5  Bridgewater Bridge​$600M​$46 million towards the bridge replacement​$46 million towards the bridge replacement over the next five years
6  Eastern Hobart Approach - Sorell/Midway Point causeways, airport roundabout and Tasman Bridge​Additional funding to extend works past airport $300M
Hobart Airport Interchange with Australian Government support($30m)

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

Midway Point interesection solution ($7.5m)

Overtaking opportunities on Arthur Highway ($5m)

Southern Sorell Bypass ($9m)

Feasibility study for duplication of Tasman Highway between Hobart and Sorell ($500k)
​Midway Point intersection with Penna Road - $7 million to add extra lanes and replace roundabout with traffic light

Tasman Highway between Tasmania Golf Club and airport roundabout ($5m)
7 Hobart Traffic Congestion​Congestion relieving measures
Fifth lane on Southern Outlet ($35m)

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

Support for Derwent River ferry service ($2m)

Establishment of a Traffic Incident Response Team ($1.2m)

Bus priority measures ($1.2m)

Planning to relieve pinch points ($625k)

Progression of a Bus Transit Centre concept ($750k)

Develop a Greater Hobart Transport Masterplan (uncosted)
​Develop Hobart's Rail Corridor ($14m)

Improved public transport options for Sorell and surrounds ($2m)

Integrated ticketing system ($5m)

Improve interchange and bus stop infrastructure, app development and digital displays ($10m over 10 years)

Free student transport ($9m)

​Development of a Capital City Mastplan, including the promotion of active/public transport, Derwent River ferries and light rail
​​​Tasmanian Tourist Roads​​​Liberal​Labor​Greens
8 Hastings Caves Road​Funding for safety upgrades​$12.5 million to seal the length of Hastings Cave Road
9 Wielangta Road​Upgrade connection between East Coast & Tasman Peninsula
10 Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond​Complete current works
11 Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck​Funding for safety upgrades​$1 million to widen the Tasman Highway at Eaglehawk Neck and commence construction of a pedestrian access path​​$1 million to widen the Tasman Highway at Eaglehawk Neck and commence construction of a pedestrian access path
12 Bruny Island​Funding for safety upgrades$8 million over five years for further sealing of Bruny Island Main Rd
$2 million for the continuation of the Bruny Island resealing program
​​ ​Road Safety Upgrades​​Liberal​Labor​Greens
13  Huon Highway/Summerleas Road​Complete works
14  West Tamar Highway (Craythorne Road to Atkinsons Road)​Funding for safety upgrades​Reconstruct and widen the West Tamar Highway between the intersections with Atkinson’s Road and Waldhorn Drive ($2.5m)​$2.5 million safety upgrade between Craythorne Rd and Atkinsons Rd​
15  Huon Highway Sandfly Junction​Funding for safety upgrades
16  East Tamar Highway (Alanvale)​Funding for safety upgrades
All Roads​Liberal​Labor​Greens
17​ ​Upgrade to minimum 3 Star AusRAP rating ​​Completed by 2040​Completed by 2045

Other key priorities have been identified as:

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​​Drive down motoring costs​Liberals​Labor​Greens
1 Fair motoring taxes
​No increases in motoring costs
2 Timely and accurate fuel pricing information​Empower the consumer to make informed decisions​A code of practice for retailers to only display undiscounted fuel prices approved in Parliament. Rule change expected mid 2018.​Introduction of a Fuel Price Oversight Officer and real time fuel price data website. 
Fix congestion in Hobart and Launceston​Develop long-term congestion strategiesGreater Hobart Traffic Management​Long term passenger transport strategy ($60m over 10 years)

Establishment of a Passenger Transport Corporation ($5m)
​Free travel on Metro buses for UTAS and TasTAFE students
​​Harness the emergence of future mobility options​Liberals​Labor​Greens
5 Leverage electric technologies
​Invest in charging stations and incentive programsSupport for battery-electric vehicle technology ($7.5m)
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​Liberals​Labor​Greens
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​Partner with RACT to expand road safety education programs, including for international drivers ($400k)​

To have your say visit the Keep Tasmania Moving​​​