Department of State GrowthTransport

Southern Outlet Fifth Lane

The Southern Outlet between Kingston and Hobart carries one of the highest daily traffic volumes on our State road network. The Tasmanian Government is developing a suite of projects in this key corridor, including building a transit lane to accommodate improved public transport and emergency services, bus priority measures on Macquarie and Davey Streets, concept designs for a Park and Ride in Kingborough, and related projects.

These projects are part of the Hobart City Deal, which forms the blueprint for the Tasmanian Government’s coordinated plan to improve transport across Greater Hobart.

The City Deal is a partnership between all levels of government and takes an integrated and collaborative approach to improving travel around Hobart using a variety of transport modes.

These projects will make public transport a viable option for more commuters and improve the reliability of people’s travel times.

Concept Options Report

The Department 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.

View the Southern Outlet Concept Options Report

Community feedback

Before planning work for the project commenced the Department of State Growth invited people to have their say on the Southern Outlet.

The first stage of consultation closed at 5 pm on Friday 30 November 2018  The feedback that was collected during this process will be used to assist us in deciding which options are developed for further consultation. You can still view comments made during the consultation period on our interactive map.

Extensive consultation will take place with landowners and other stakeholders as the project  progresses. Consultation regarding Macquarie Street will be undertaken at a later stage.

Current situation

A tender has been awarded for the consultancy to progress detailed design options for a suite of projects under the Hobart City Deal.

This consultancy will progress the proposal for the Southern Outlet transit lane, bus priority measures on Macquarie and Davey Streets, concept designs for a Park and Ride in Kingborough, and related projects.

They will carry out broader community engagement and will provide an opportunity for the community to provide feedback on initial concepts in the coming months.