RACT Priorities for the 2018 Election

RACT has launched its Tasmanian election priorities ahead of the upcoming State election due in March 2018 and will be keeping an eye on commitments made by each of the major parties.

​​​​​​​The RACT has 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 for 2017 and beyond in the lead-up to the next State Election.

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

​Over the course of the Tasmanian election campaign, RACT will keep updating the table below with the latest commentary and commitments from Tasmanian Liberals, Labor and Greens.

The key road priorities have been identified as:

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

Commitment of $5 million

2  Bass Highway (Parramatta Creek)​New passing lanes
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​Commitment of $6 million for repairs between Detention and Marrawah
​​Greater Hobart 10 Year Plan​​​Liberal​Labor​Greens
5  Bridgewater Bridge​$600M​Commitment for 2019, funding yet to be secured
6  Eastern Hobart Approach - Sorell/Midway Point causeways, airport roundabout and Tasman Bridge​Additional funding to extend works past airport $300M​$57 million in state and federal funding for a new airport roundabout, duplication between Sorell and Hobart, new intersection at Midway Point and Sorell Bypass study
7 Hobart Traffic Congestion​Develop long term congestion strategy
​​​Tasmanian Tourist Roads​​​Liberal​Labor​Greens
8 Hastings Caves Road​Funding for safety upgrades​$12.5 million to seal the lenght of Hastings Cave Road
9 Wielangta Road​Upgrade connection between East Coast & Tasman Peninsula​$1.2 million project to fix bridges and resurface
10 Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond​Complete current works​Deisgn consultation underway. Works expected to commence early in 2018
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
12 Bruny Island​Funding for safety upgrades$8 million over five years for further sealing of Bruny Island Main Rd

Resealing of a 2.5km section of the 'Neck' and upgraded car park
​​ ​Road Safety Upgrades​​Liberal​Labor​Greens
13  Huon Highway/Summerleas Road​Complete works​Works progressing
14  West Tamar Highway (Craythorne Road to Atkinsons Road)​Funding for safety upgrades​$12 million upgrade with $2.5 million allocated to this section
15  Huon Highway Sandfly Junction​Funding for safety upgrades
16  East Tamar Highway (Alanvale)​Funding for safety upgrades
All Roads​Liberal​Labor​Greens
18  ​Upgrade to minimum 3 Star AusRAP rating ​​Completed by 2040

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​MAIB premiums frozen for at least a year
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. 
3. Fix congestion in Hobart and Launceston​Develop long-term congestion strategies
​​​Increase the value of Tasmania as a Destination​Liberals​Labor​Greens
4. Infrastructure funding for key tourist roads ​As above
​​Harness the emergence of future mobility options​Liberals​Labor​Greens
5. Leverage electric technologies
​Invest in charging stations and incentive programs​Electric Vehicle working group established​Support for a network of EV Charging Stations
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
8. 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
9. Upgrade key road infrastructure
​As above​$335 million infrastructure funds non committed. $120 million estimated 'Roads for our Future' allocation​$60 million community roads package
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​$650,000 education campaign for international drivers, interstate motorcyclists and those new to Tasmania.

To have your say visit the Keep Tasmania Moving​