Tasman highway closure must be explained

Tasmanian Labor
  • Residents left with extreme commute times
  • Government must explain the timeline of this decision
  • Is there a better solution?
  • The Liberal Government must explain the timeline of the decision to close the section of the Tasman Highway near Orford.

    Labor Member for Lyons Jen Butler said the community had been left in the dark about the decision.

    “The decision to close part of the Tasman highway has caused a great deal of confusion and anger in the community,” Ms Butler said.

    “Residents and businesses have now, with minimal notice, been forced to face the reality of hours being added to their commute.

    “Labor supports these necessary works to keep members of the community safe, however questions the timing and advice to the community.

    “Emergency services need quick access to the area, and students, teachers and businesses will have their daily activities severely interrupted.

    “When did Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson first become aware this road needed these repairs? Is there a shorter, safer alternate route that can be established for residents?”

    Ms Butler said Wielangta Road was unsuitable for most traffic and the Midland highway route led to a significantly higher travel time.

    “The alternate travel routes proposed by the Government are unsuitable, and with an indefinite project length, the Government must find an alternate traffic solution to help residents.”

    Jen Butler MP

    Labor Member for Lyons

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