RACT has welcomed the Labor Party’s commitment to roads funding in Tasmania, which was announced this morning, but wants to see more detail around the proposed projects and timing, particular the timing of the rollout of funds.
The $1.3 billion package includes confirmation the party will fund existing promises such as the Bridgewater Bridge and Midland Hwy upgrades if it wins government at the Federal Election on 18 May.
Acting RACT Group Chief Executive Stacey Pennicott said it been an RACT policy for many years that Tasmanian roads be upgraded to a minimum 3 star Ausrap rating, which would need continued commitment to road improvements over time.
'While there is no current timeline for the rollout of funding, the Labor Party's pledge to honour existing commitments to major infrastructure projects in Tasmania is encouraging,' Ms Pennicott said.
'Today's announcement also made a number of commitments to other roads throughout the state that we have been calling to be upgraded for some time, such as the West Tamar Highway, Huon Highway / Sandfly Junction and the Bass Highway between Wynyard and Marrawah.
'And while the $75 million to address congestion in Hobart doesn't have specific detail that aligns with our 30-year Greater Hobart Mobility Vision, we hope that more information will be provided to ensure the proposed projects address this vital issue.'
Ms Pennicott said the recent Federal Budget committed $1.2 billion over the next five years to infrastructure funding in Tasmania, but provided little detail on timelines, and RACT would be pushing to ensure both parties didn't delay funding.
'What we want to see now is some detail from both parties around what the funding will be for and when it will be rolled out,' she said.
'We will be watching the election closely and ensuring whichever party forms Government is held to account.'
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The Labor Party's announcement today covers the following areas:
- The Glen Road Upgrade: $1.45 million.
- West Tamar Highway – Exeter roundabouts: $2 million.
- Palana Road Upgrade: $3.6 million.
- Dalrymple Road Upgrade: $2.1 million.
- West Tamar Highway Improvements: $25 million.
- Tasman Highway – Sideling Upgrade: $25 million.
- Frankford Highway Upgrade: $20 million.
- Bass Highway – Westbury to Latrobe: $50 million.
- Birralee Road Upgrade – Westbury and Frankford: $24 million.
NORTH WEST AND WEST COAST
- Murchison Highway Upgrade: $35 million.
- Old Surrey Road/Massy-Greene Drive Upgrade: $16 million.
- Lyell Highway – Queenstown to Strahan: $15 million.
- Bass Highway – Marrawah to Wynyard: $60 million.
- Port Sorell Main Road – Bass Highway to Port Sorell: $10 million.
- Henty Road Upgrade – Strahan to Zeehan: $10 million.
- Hobart Congestion Package: $75 million.
- Hobart Airport Interchange: $10 million.
- Sandfly Road and Huon Highway Intersection Upgrade: $12 million.
- Huonville Bypass: $7.5 million.
- Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solution: $10 million.
- Sorell to Tasman Bridge/Hobart Corridor (Tasman Highway): $130 million.
- Plenty Link Road: $20 million.
- Tasman Highway Upgrade – Orford to Bicheno: $20 million.
- Arthur Highway Upgrade: $30 million.
In addition $666 million to continue the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan and confirmation of funding for the Bridgewater Bridge.