RACT Priorities for the 2018 Election

RACT launched its Tasmanian election priorities prior to the March 2018 State election.

We kept an eye on commitments made by each of the major parties and now we look forward to seeing action and progress.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The RACT 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.

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

​The table below represents RACT's priorities, any related Election commitments and what progress has been made.

The key road priorities have been identified as:

Bass Highway 10 year plan
Election CommitmentProgress
1  Bass Highway (Christmas Hills)Funding for safety upgrades​Included in $20m package between Deloraine and Latrobe
2  Bass Highway (Parramatta Creek)​New passing lanes​Co-invest in a $20m project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe​Planning for upgrade included in $32.4m Northern funding package
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​$2.3 million budgeted for 2018/19
4  Bass Highway (Wynyard to Marrawah)​Funding for safety upgrades​$40 million to upgrade section between Wynyard and Marrawah​$24.1 million committed over forward estimates for works west of Wynyard
​​Greater Hobart 10 Year Plan​​​Election Commitment​Progress
5  Bridgewater Bridge​$600M​$46 million towards the bridge replacement​$46 million towards the bridge replacement over the next five years​$121 million of Federal and State funds budgeted for over 4 years, with 6 million in Year 1
6  Eastern Hobart Approach - Sorell/Midway Point causeways, airport roundabout and Tasman Bridge​Additional funding to extend works past airport $300M
Hobart Airport Interchange with Australian Government support($30m)

Tasman Highway between Tasmania Golf Club and airport roundabout ($5m)

Midway Point interesection solution ($7.5m)

Overtaking opportunities on Arthur Highway ($5m)

Southern Sorell Bypass ($9m)

Feasibility study for duplication of Tasman Highway between Hobart and Sorell ($500k)
$27 million in State and Federal funds budgeted over 2018/19 and 2019/20 for Hobart Aiport Interchange

$23 million earmarked for South East Traffic Solution, including the upgade of Tasman Highway between the Airport and first causeway
7 Hobart Traffic Congestion​Congestion relieving measures
Fifth lane on Southern Outlet ($35m)

Range of projects on Davey and Macquarie Streets ($16m)

Support for Derwent River ferry service ($2m)

Establishment of a Traffic Incident Response Team ($1.2m)

Bus priority measures ($1.2m)

Planning to relieve pinch points ($625k)

Progression of a Bus Transit Centre concept ($750k)

Develop a Greater Hobart Transport Masterplan (uncosted)
​$30.8 million budgeted over 4 years for Greater Hobart Traffic Vision, which includes transferring ownership of Macquarie and Davey streets and planning works for a Southern Outlet fifth lane

Consultation period open for fifth lane on Southern Outlet​
​​​Tasmanian Tourist Roads​​​Election CommitmentProgress
8 Hastings Caves Road​Funding for safety upgrades​$12.5 million to seal the length of Hastings Cave Road​Included in a $51.7m package for roads frequented by tourists
9 Wielangta Road​Upgrade connection between East Coast & Tasman Peninsula
10 Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond​Complete current works
​Included in a $51.7m package for Southern roads
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 pathIncluded in a $51.7m package for roads frequented by tourists
12 Bruny Island​Funding for safety upgrades$8 million over five years for further sealing of Bruny Island Main Rd
Included in a $51.7m package for roads frequented by tourists
​​ ​Road Safety Upgrades​​Election Commitment​Progress
13  Huon Highway/Summerleas Road​Complete works
14  West Tamar Highway (Craythorne Road to Atkinsons Road)​Funding for safety upgrades​Reconstruct and widen the West Tamar Highway between the intersections with Atkinson’s Road and Waldhorn Drive ($2.5m)$12m earmarked for West Tamar Highway traffic solution with $1.8m in 18/19
15  Huon Highway Sandfly Junction​Funding for safety upgrades​Included in a $51.7m package for Southern roads
16  East Tamar Highway (Alanvale)​Funding for safety upgrades
All Roads​Election Commitment​Progress
17​ ​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​Election Commitment​Progress
1 Fair motoring taxes
​No increases in motoring costs
2 Timely and accurate fuel pricing information​Empower the consumer to make informed decisions
Code of Practice introduced on May 7 2018 with full compliance expected by June 30
Fix congestion in Hobart and Launceston​Develop long-term congestion strategiesGreater Hobart Traffic Management
​​Harness the emergence of future mobility options​Election Commitment​Progress
5 Leverage electric technologies
​Invest in charging stations and incentive programs$250,000 to support the rollout of charging stations​Funds committed in current budget and forward estimates
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
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​Election Commitment​Progress
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​Website launched in Feb 2018​

To have your say visit the Keep Tasmania Moving​​​