Tasmanian allocates $20.8 million to ease congestion in Kingborough

The Tasmanian Government has allocated $20.8 million to help reduce congestion in the Kingborough region as part of the $1.43 billion Hobart City Deal.

Infrastructure Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the funding would complement existing commitments to improve bus priority and traffic flow on the Southern Outlet and Macquarie and Davey Street.

“Yesterday (31 April) I met with Kingborough Mayor Dean Winter and senior Kingborough Council officers to progress this commitment and discuss options for this investment,” Mr. Rockliff said.

“We had a constructive and positive discussion about measures to combat congestion. We know part of the congestion challenge is to increase the use of public transport and it must be an attractive and efficient option for commuters.”

According to Mr. Rockliff, a contribution towards redeveloping a bus transit centre in central Kingston was discussed as an option for funding.

Mr. Rockliff said more park and ride facilities, better frequency or increased express bus services and intelligent transport solutions including smart bus transport hubs will also be considered.

“I’m looking forward to progressing these options with the Mayor over the coming months,” Mr. Rockliff said.

“We recognise the growing pressure on our roads, we have a clear plan for the short, medium and long term to address it and we’re working hard to deliver that plan step-by-step.”

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