Labor has unveiled an ambitious 10-year, multi-billion-dollar plan to fix congestion on Tasmania’s roads and improve the state’s public transport system.
Seven years of empty promises from the Liberal Party has left our roads crammed with cars and a public transport system that is failing.
Labor’s plan includes major upgrades on some of Tasmania’s busiest roads, that will improve traffic flow and driver safety.
Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said the Liberals inability to deliver on major infrastructure was costing time, money and most importantly jobs.
“Local governments around Australia are delivering local infrastructure to create local jobs,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“But in Tasmania the Liberals can only announce infrastructure projects, not deliver them.
“They failed to deliver the fifth lane on the southern outlet, the mythical underground bus mall and ferries on the Derwent.
“They have had seven years in power, if they haven’t delivered on their promises by now why would you trust them to deliver them in the next four years?
“We are committed to working with the Australian Government, consistent with previous road funding arrangements, to work through our 10-year program.”
Shadow Infrastructure Minister Shane Broad said Labor’s plan will solve the big issues that are causing headaches for commuters across the region.
“We will establish 10-year improvement plans for the Midland, Tasman, Bass, Channel, Arthur, Huon & West Tamar Highways,” Dr Broad said.
“And we will also investigate the provision of shared working space in the regions for public sector workers that live in those communities to reduce the pressure in the short term.
“Labor’s bold infrastructure plan will get you home to your family sooner and create thousands of jobs for Tasmanians at the same time.”
Shadow Transport Minister Anita Dow said changes to bus services and Liberal cuts to infrastructure had literally left Tasmanians out in the cold.
“Tasmanians are tired of sitting in traffic, tired of sitting waiting for a bus and tired of this do-nothing Liberal government,” Ms Dow said.
“The Liberals continue to fail when it comes to public transport infrastructure and the lack of flexible, integrated ticketing systems overcomplicates the public transport system.
“And our rural and regional communities deserve better public transport ensuring timely access to employment and essential services.
“Labor will create a Passenger Transport Taskforce that will consult with passenger and stakeholder representatives to deliver better commuter outcomes for all Tasmanians.
“Labor’s 10-year $60 million investment in passenger transport, complimented by our extensive roads package, offer commuters fast and efficient transport options across our cities and regions.”