Southern Outlet fifth lane goes nowhere as infrastructure stalls

Tasmanian Labor
  • Lack of progress on fifth lane leaves southern motorists in gridlock
  • Stalled project adds to government list of infrastructure failures
  • Minister should consider Labor’s plan to progress infrastructure and create jobs
  • The Liberal government’s lack
    of progress on its promised fifth lane for Hobart’s Southern Outlet has left motorists
    in gridlock and added to the long list of government infrastructure failures
    and broken promises.

    Shadow Treasurer David
    O’Byrne said while motorists spend increasing amounts of time on the road and
    away from their families, projects continue to stall as the Infrastructure
    Minister dithers.

    “Adding a fifth lane to the
    Southern Outlet was a key infrastructure promise from the Liberals during the
    2018 election campaign,” Mr O’Byrne said.

    “But, as with so many other
    promises from this government, there has still been no progress – more than two
    years later.

    “Residents south of Hobart
    remain in gridlock, while the project is bounced back and forth between
    consultants, with no indication that concept designs due by now have been
    completed.

    “This is yet another
    infrastructure failure from the Minister Michael Ferguson, and another blow for
    motorists waiting for relief from traffic congestion.

    “Among other promised
    projects contributing to traffic chaos in the south, the Hobart Airport
    Roundabout has been beset by delays and cost blowouts, the Sorell Bypass is
    nowhere to be seen and there’s been almost no progress on the duplication of
    the Tasman Highway between Sorell and Hobart. And, of course, the Bridgewater
    Bridge is still no closer to reality.

    “This lack of action
    underlines concerns about the Liberals’ COVID-19 infrastructure package. How
    are they going to build their way out of the pandemic and create much-needed
    jobs with their demonstrated inability to build anything?

    “Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package contains a plan to progress infrastructure and create jobs. I urge the Minister to consider our proposals so we can get Tasmanians back into jobs, help those hardest-hit by the pandemic and create a better and fairer economy and society.”

    David O’Byrne

    Shadow Treasurer

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