The Hobart CBD attracts a large volume of commuter traffic that relies heavily on Tasman Highway, Brooker Highway and Southern Outlet. These three major arterial roads are connected via Davey Street and Macquarie Streets, with Sandy Bay Road, Barrack Street, Campbell Street and Murray Street all providing access into and through the city.
Traffic in Hobart is growing, with volumes starting to approach network capacity at morning and afternoon peak periods, particularly in the CBD.
Facts and Figures
- The majority of people who work in the Hobart local government area live outside the city.
- According to 2016 Census data, 46 875 people work in the city of Hobart, which is more than the number of people who work in the other greater Hobart local government areas (Brighton, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough, Sorell) combined (43 644).
- Data collected by the Department of State Growth in 2016 shows that during the morning peak, more than three quarters of journeys start outside central Hobart and end in the city. This is reversed in the afternoon. This shows that commuters from all regions in greater Hobart are travelling to and from the inner city, rather than through it.
- Road users are most likely to experience heavy traffic on weekdays during school term times, when major events are on, during peak trading periods (such as Christmas and Easter) and when there is poor weather or car crashes.
- During peak travel times, there are typically 10 per cent more vehicles on the road during school terms compared to school holidays, with more traffic on the road at the start of the school year.