We have completed a number of studies and engagement activities to inform the Hobart City Deal - Southern Projects.
In 2017, we commissioned consultants to produce a feasibility report for the provision of a fifth lane for buses and emergency services on the Southern Outlet. While this initial concept report shows that the project is feasible, the project is highly complex and will require detailed scoping and extensive consultation with landowners and key stakeholders before a preferred approach is confirmed.
In 2018, we delivered an online public consultation about the current Southern Outlet bus lane. Feedback was sought on the issues that are important to people, such as travel times, public transport, safety or the environment. This consultation process attracted more than 340 responses, with many people expressing frustration about congestion and safety issues, and support for the bus lane.
In late 2019, two focus group meetings were held in Hobart and Kingborough to discuss local issues and obtain feedback to contribute to the planning and design processes of the Hobart Transport Vision. A summary report was provided to participants and is also available to download.
Early survey works
In early 2020, we engaged contractors to do preliminary survey works to inform concept designs for potential transport projects as part of the Hobart City Deal. This included the proposed fifth lane on the Southern Outlet, bus priority measures on Macquarie and Davey Streets, and two park and ride locations in Kingborough.
This was followed by traffic surveys that gathered data on vehicle movements around Hobart’s CBD to inform transport-related projects, including investigations into projects as part of the Hobart Transport Vision.