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As Hobart’s traffic grinds to a halt, Rockliff does nothing

David O’Byrne MP Shadow Transport and Infrastructure Minister  



  • Hobart’s growing congestion getting worse
  • Rockliff has no plan for cope with growth
  • Government failing to show leadership on traffic issues


Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, David O’Byrne, today slammed the Government’s failure to address Hobart’s growing traffic problems after another chaotic afternoon on the city’s roads yesterday.


“All it takes is a little rain and a crash on the Tasman Bridge and Hobart’s traffic goes into gridlock,” Mr O’Byrne said.


“The Government’s record on Hobart’s congestion is five years of laziness, inaction and abject failure.


“Minister Rockliff’s infrastructure agenda is taking two roads off Hobart City Council’s hands and a laughable pledge to start consulting on a Southern Outlet bus lane with no dedicated timeline.


“The Minister’s vision for a plan might be a good idea for an episode of Utopia but it doesn’t deliver anything for people trying to get home from work to their families.


“A vision for a plan is no substitute for getting on with the job.


“Hobart is growing quickly and the community deserves a Government who’ll step up to plate.”

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  1. elk

    December 5, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Too many unnecessary vehicles issued to executives in the public service are clogging up the city centre.

    It not only adds to the traffic congestion but this also rips off the taxpayer as the vehicles, together with parking spaces and petrol, are paid for by the taxpayer.

    It may be a condition of their salary, however because they are not paying for it their vehicle movements multiply .. as they just don’t care.

  2. Chris

    December 5, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Well it’s obvious. The train route to Bridgewater and beyond, if carefully planned, is an urgent necessity, but does the new (far in the future) bridge needs a rail corridor? Has one been planned for it?

    NB: Will the part causeway at Granton be demolished to allow the Derwent to flow again?

    If infrastructure, particularly public transport, is not included in future plans, then the Southern Suburbs and the Sorell and beyond areas must be addressed. Is this being done? Nothing is evident.

    The ex Minister for Hiding has promised an immediate relief for the causeways and an improved highway 4 years after the next election. Cannot be fairer than that, eh?

    Perhaps some enlightened Government individual should consider a small bridge over the old railway route from Cambridge via Shark Point Road to Midway Point and Sorell. A quick look at Google maps will see the simplicity of a plan to relieve the DANGEROUS and disgusting route covered by the Causeways.
    Reference 42.49’26.38 S 147.30′.87″ E

    The Causeways were established in 1874 and nothing substantial has been done since then!

  3. Rob Halton

    December 4, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    A massive roading engineering feat is required to alleviate the rapidly increasing volumes of traffic using the Southern Outlet every day.
    A city bypass should be considered and a survey needs to be undertaken as a part of the State governments City deal with the Federal government.

    I presented Sue Hickey who was a guest speaker at the NSLight rail AGM a few weeks ago a report that I had originally written for a TT Article pointing out to her and those at the meeting that the need for addressing the Southern outlet congestion far outweighed pressing on with NSLR and its reason to promote affordable housing along the linear route.

    Hickey appeared to take on board my detailed account and suggested that bus lanes and taxi lanes were being planned for peak hour events but I made it clear that band aid measures would not last for long as the southen region continues to grow alternative roading infrastructure is absolutely necessary.

    As I understand it Bob Cotgrove from UTAS is finally waking up to te fact that new roading infrastructure is required as it will take lots more than emergency measures as dedicated bus and Taxi lanes to address the traffic problem that gets larger each week.

    I virtually told the NSLR group ben johnson the Light rail is a pipe dream and within the scheme of things for greater hobart it would hardly rate as a transport initiative and does not deserve funding as the bigger issues relate to the Southern Outlet/davey and Macquarie St and of course traffic coming into the city from the eastern Shore solely using the Tasman bridge.

    I made it clear to Ms Hickey and NSLR group that I would support LR if it eventually would service the fast growing Brighton housing area and not as a dead end at Granton, i did not observe smiles on their faces but i think it is highly unlikely canberra would risk financing LR at this point in time as the population base is still growing but remains insufficient to justify LR.

  4. Dave Parsell

    December 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Of course David O’Byrne can fix all of these problems instantly!

    • mike seabrook

      December 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      easiest to do and could be done quickly before peak hour congestion increases 10% in the next 5 years

      extend collins street from molle street to anglesea street & thence south macquarie street.

      how about another access to the southern outlet south bound between davey st and mount nelson – eg from garden crescent for emergency vehicles.

      • elk

        December 5, 2018 at 10:24 am

        Great idea, Mike.

        It is so obvious that an extension of Collins would take a lot of cars off Davey St.

        Let us hope that the powers that be listen to this idea.

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