Department of State GrowthTransport

Channel Highway - Kingston to Margate Planning Study

The Department of State Growth is doing a planning study along the Channel Highway between Kingston and Margate.

Why are we doing this study?

The study is in response to the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to review the junction at Howden Road and investigate safety concerns.

We’re looking at how to improve this section of the Channel Highway between Kingston and Margate, including the Howden Road junction because of the increased traffic and development on the highway.

The study will look at how the highway meets the current and future needs for the community.


The study will help shape future projects as well as options for active and passenger transport (pedestrians, bikes and buses) between Kingston and Margate.

The information gathered will be used to help prepare future plans for the identified solutions. It will also help to itemise and prioritise the solutions for funding approval.


Timeline of engagement - March 2019: Planning Study starts - Done;  April 2019: Issues identification - You told us about your experiences - Done; May 2019: Options identification - Done; July 2019: Options assessment - In progress;  September 2019: Proposed options - We’d like to hear what you think about the options we’re proposing; December 2019: Corridor Improvement Plan completed;

Project update

We asked the community for their feedback to help us identify areas for improvement, highlight any safety concerns and make suggestions about how and where changes could be made.

The feedback period for this study closed on Sunday 26 May and you can view the feedback given during the initial feedback period here: Channel Highway - Kingston to Margate Planning Study interactive map.

You can also view a snapshot of the engagement period by clicking on the image below:

An image showing the information gathered during the consultation process. Click to download as a PDF

We are now considering the feedback received from key stakeholders, residents, road users, community groups, and public transport providers to develop a range of concepts that will help shape projects for future funding and to guide investment over the next 20 years.

The next phase of the planning study involves assessing these opportunities based on safety, constructability, value for money, and community interest. We expect the final Corridor Improvement Plan will be released by the end of the year.


For more information about the project phone 03 6210 0622 or email:

Updated: 16 Oct 2019