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Department of State Growth

Have Your Say on the Southern Projects

Residents and businesses can have their say on two projects aimed at encouraging the uptake of public transport from the southern suburbs and improving traffic flow along the corridor.

We are seeking feedback on concept designs for the creation of a new transit lane on the Southern Outlet and bus improvements along Macquarie and Davey Streets.

The projects are part of a suite of coordinated transport projects, the Southern Projects, being delivered as part of the Hobart City Deal. The Southern Projects will support more people catching public transport, providing people with real choice.

The transit lane would operate northbound from Olinda Grove to Macquarie Street, for vehicles carrying three or more passengers, buses, taxis, motorbikes, and emergency services.

On Macquarie and Davey Streets, plans include improved bus shelters at busy bus stops and a new cycling lane on Davey Street. The intersection between Davey Street and Macquarie Street will be realigned to include four travel lanes from the Southern Outlet into Macquarie Street.

This will allow the transit lane to continue through the existing bottleneck around into Macquarie Street, stopping soon after Gore Street. Clearways on the approach to Molle Street will be extended, to lengthen the left-hand turning lane, and parking will be removed on the right-hand side. This will help ease the bottleneck, improving travel-time reliability for all road users.

These projects are planned to complement new park and ride facilities at Huntingfield and Firthside and up to 70 extra bus services to improve travel along this important road corridor.

The Kingborough and Huon Valley regions are growing quickly, with more than 10,000 additional people projected to be living here by 2040. The Southern Outlet between Kingston and Hobart carries one of the highest daily traffic volumes on our State road network and is at capacity in the morning peak.

Community consultation on the concept designs for the transit lane and Macquarie and Davey Street projects will take place from Tuesday, 31 August until Monday, 27 September 2021.

The public can view the designs and have their say by visiting the Southern Projects webpage. They can also register for webinars in which the project team will explain the designs. The feedback will be used to inform the development of detailed designs for these projects.

We have been in contact with all property owners that may be impacted and will continue to engage directly with these property owners throughout public consultation and beyond.