The official signing of Hobart's City Deal is welcome, but still does not address long-term congestion issues across Hobart.
Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said he was particularly pleased that $576 million had been promised
to replace the ageing Bridgewater Bridge.
the Bridgewater Bridge, a critical piece of infrastructure that supports
freight transport and travel between Hobart and Launceston, has been a funding
priority for the RACT for a number of years,” he said.
“The RACT is
encouraged by the announcement and is looking forward to the release of
information around timelines for the replacement of the bridge.”
Mr Lennon said the initiatives to relieve traffic congestion were
also positive, although they still did not address the long-term issues of
mobility in the Greater Hobart area.
“The money promised – nearly $130 million – is significant, but
will only be enough to fund short-term fixes to what we believe is a long-term
problem,” he said. “Addressing the issue of increasing congestion, both into
and out of Hobart’s CBD, is vitally important to the RACT.
“Our Greater Hobart Mobility Vision process has identified the
areas of concern for the Tasmanian community range well beyond infrastructure and
into areas such as encouraging public and active transport, embracing future
technologies and opportunities and the future of development in city and urban
“We are hopeful that today’s announcement will deliver the
environment to progress initiatives to not only address congestion, but look
towards the future.”
Mr Lennon said the RACT’s 30-year mobility vision for Greater
Hobart was currently being finalised, including an assessment to ensure its
viability, and would be released soon.
“The RACT will engage
with all stakeholders, including the signatories to the new City Deal, to
advocate for its implementation as soon as practical,” he said.