Concern over Hobart's worsening congestion

Hobart is now the fourth-most congested capital city in Australia, a new report has revealed.

The report – Road Congestion in Australia prepared by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) – used mapping and location data to monitor and benchmark road congestion in all capital cities.

RACT Executive General Manager Membership and Community Stacey Pennicott said the report – which confirmed what Hobart residents had known – found that Hobart had experienced a decline in average speeds and an increase in congestion.

"The report also found that Hobart had the third most variable airport route of all cities, with average travel speeds decreasing by 3.6 per cent since 2013," she said.

"And that Hobart was the fourth most congested city after Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide."

The report also found increased travel times between Hobart and the suburbs of Sorell, Moonah, Glenorchy, Bellerive, Howrah and Kingston over the past five years.

The Sorell to Hobart travel time is particularly concerning – an increase of 2.2 minutes on the morning drive to the CBD.

Details of other arterial routes can be found in the map below:

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Ms Pennicott said the RACT had previously referenced traffic congestion as a major issue of concern, both at peak morning and afternoon times.

"Addressing the problem and encouraging debate is important," she said.

"The RACT is concerned that there is no overall vision for improved mobility across Greater Hobart.

"A long-term vision is critical as our population continues to grow and as visitor numbers to the state increases."

Registrations are now open to attend the RACT's free public forum – on 19 November – to discuss its Greater Hobart Mobility Vision.

The forum will help shape the vision which the RACT will use to advocate on behalf of all Tasmanians.

It will include contributions from an independent panel of five experts the RACT has assembled to refine public submissions from key stakeholders and the community regarding future mobility.