Public input sought on Southern Outlet plan

Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the future of the Southern Outlet between Hobart and Kingston, including the proposal to build a fifth lane.

Stretching between Kingston and Hobart, the Southern Outlet is one of the busiest roads in the state, and is struggling to meet the demands of motorists, especially during peak work and school drop-off times of a morning and evening.

A feasibility report commissioned by the Department of State Growth found the construction of a fifth lane to accommodate public transport and emergency services would be achievable.

The RACT has welcomed the opportunity to comment on the proposed initiatives and encourages as many people as possible to provide their own feedback.

Executive General Manager, Membership and Community, Stacey Pennicott recommends that any solution implemented on the Southern Outlet must take into account broader views and sit within a long-term strategy on traffic congestion.

“The problems experienced on the Southern Outlet are only a small part of the overall issue,” Mrs Pennicott said.

“There seems to be a focus on assisting commuters to get into the city and little has been done to manage vehicle movements once they are in the CBD. 

“Congestion issues stem from a variety of sources, not just the Southern Outlet, which is why a broader, long-term strategy is so critical.”

For more information on the proposed project and to have your say click here.