As Hobart’s roads slow to snail pace and frustrate commuters, Independent Candidate for Nelson Richard Griggs has called for the State Government to do more to identify transport congestion initiatives that can be implemented immediately.

Over the weekend the State Government published a map in the Mercury outlining 17 actions they are progressing to address traffic congestion.

Three actions were marked as ‘complete’ and two as ‘underway’ leaving the remaining twelve as ‘planning underway’. A copy of the map is attached.

“As schools return and traffic worsens over the next couple of days and weeks we need our government to be identifying immediate actions that can be implemented now while also progressing longer term actions that require planning,” Mr Griggs said.

“More than half of the government’s actions have a status of ‘planning underway’. There is no outline of expected delivery times and commuters are crying out for more urgent action.

“One example is to make Metro bus travel free during peak hour. This would encourage people who can use a bus to commute to work but currently drive. More people on buses means fewer cars on the road and less congestion.

“I have previously written to the Infrastructure Minister Jeremy Rockliff with this proposal. He did not support the initiative when raised last year however I now call on him to reconsider,” Mr Griggs concluded.

Download  letter of the letter to the Minister …